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NORTH OF THE BROAD—WHHITV—Ellen Malphrus, Pat Conroy Literary Center


PBS/SCETV "By the River" Interview with Ellen Malphrus Season 1 Episode 8

PBS/SCETV Interview with Ellen Malphrus
Season 1 Episode 8


 Launch 2

Video: “Pat Conroy’s Close Friends Grateful For Celebration of Author’s Life Last Year” with Ellen Malphrus & John Warley


Talk of the Town
“Talk of the Town” Television Interview
November 2015


“Prince of Titles”
By Paula S. Fogarty
Savannah Magazine
Winter 2016

“STAR PUPIL: Ellen Malphrus calls Conroy her “brother in Dickey,” as they were both students of South Carolina’s most beloved poet and the author of Deliverance, James Dickey. Now a professor of literature at USC-Beaufort, Malphrus leans on Conroy as a mentor who gave her some tough love and told her to “sit your ass down and write.” He even threatened to break her banjo, which she was learning to play, if she did not write in earnest. She finally followed his advice and has since turned out a stunning debut novel, Untying the Moon, which follows the emotional and travel adventures of a spirited woman who discovers the meaning of connection through nature, family and her wild heart.”

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“Ellen Malphrus sets debut novel in and around her beloved Lowcountry”
By Linda Sickler
Savannah Morning News
February 11, 2016

“These weeks since the novel was published at the end of October have been an incredible high,” Malphrus says. “Since then, there have been two dozen events, from signings to readings to keynote addresses to discussion groups — several of them with Pat Conroy — and the response has been tremendously positive.”


“Savannah: Ellen Malphrus: Author Mini-workshop and Q&A”
By Maurice Moore
27 January 2016

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“Lowcountry’s Ellen Malphrus Learn Novel Approach to Life”
By David Lauderdale
The Island Packet & Beaufort Gazette – 12 December 2015

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“Ridgeland Native Malphrus Authors First Novel, Celebrates with Jasper County Friends”
By Jessicah Lawrence
Jasper County Sun Times
18 November 2015

Review: “Ellen Malphrus’ ‘Untying the Moon’ exhales Southern air”
Special to The Post and Courier
October 18, 2015

“Rare are those works that simply are the South; rare are those works that breathe and exhale a Southern air with a naturalness neither contrived nor necessarily even conscious. Lowcountry poet Ellen Malphrus has gifted the reader the latter with her debut novel, “Untying the Moon” and its mesmeric, bafflingly honest and frustratingly contradictory center, Bailey Martin.”

Charleston Post and Courier, October 18, 2015:

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Southern Literary Review
A Magazine for Literature of the American South

Southern Literary Review, October 2015:

Reviewed by Daniel James Sundahl

“She’s in full control of her craft, offering the reader a sound story, told by a voice poetically clear.”

Parade Magazine 12 authors
“Christmas Yarns: 12 Authors Share Their Favorite Holiday Memories”
By M.B. Roberts
Parade Magazine
22 December 2015

“Now Reading: November 2015”
November 27, 2015

“Untying the Moon” by Ellen Malphrus…is part mother-daughter story, part road trip novel, and part hymn to nature, among other things…. Malphrus is a published poet, and her prose is lush and worth lingering over. I’m looking forward to plunging deeper into the world she has rendered in this impressive debut.”–Suzanne Kamata, Literary Mama

Literary Mama Link

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Island Packet – Beaufort Gazette
October 11, 2015
Article by Mindy Lucas
Photo by Jay Carr

“Like the novel’s protagonist — Bailey Martin, a free-spirited adventurer — Malphrus has also traveled extensively. And, like Martin, she’s a child of the Lowcountry and has a thing for Buick Skylarks and the natural world.”


Lowcountry Weekly

“Portrait of the Poet as a Novelist”
Written by Margaret Evans
October 5, 2015

“I didn’t see it as a challenge while I was working on Untying the Moon, but your question makes me realize something important about having written the novel this way – that while there’s pleasure in a ‘quickie,’ of course, my hope is for readers to open themselves instead to a slow seduction.”

Low Country Weekly, October 7, 2015:

Celebrate Hilton Head Magazine, October 1, 2015:

“Pulitzer prize-winning novelist, N. Scott Momaday, puts it best in his endorsement of Untying the Moon: “This is a book in which the writing and the writer are one. Ellen Malphrus is in full control of her craft. Her story is sound, her voice clear and melodic, her perceptions keen, and her characters sharply defined and vital. Untying the Moon is a literary experience of considerable merit, one to be savored and remembered.”

Interview by Lynda Bouchard

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Savannah Magazine
“Silver Linings”

Article by Paula S. Fogarty | Photography by Teresa Earnest

“Conroy has contributed such depth to the canon of Southern and American literature, the fanfare surrounding his 70th birthday seems more akin to a grand memorial. The praise resonates as eulogy, that is, if you ask his close friends, such as Bernie Schein, Ellen Malphrus and John Warley—all in attendance with several other Southern writers who have found a publishing house with Conroy’s imprint, Story River Books.”

Writer Ellen Malphrus is pictured with author Pat Conroy at a book-signing in Bluffton.

Guscio: Bluffton writer Ellen Malphrus’ book-signing smashing success

October 28, 2015
Special to The Bluffton Packet

“Pat Conroy, editor at Story River Books, wrote the foreword to the novel and sat side-by-side with Ellen as they signed more than 250 books. There was a very long line of well-wishers, all thrilled to be there chatting and smiling. It was a smashing success for a first book outing, and rest assured there will be more from our Bluffton ‘scribe.'”

Read more here: Bluffton Packet Link

USCB professor to debut first novel at Heyward House

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Pink Magazine, August 2014:

“Malphrus describes herself as someone with an intensely strong sense of home and belongingness to the Lowcountry, combined with a limitless desire for discovery and experience. She has explored these themes of “rootedness and restlessness” in a course (of the same name) she taught at USCB and in her first novel, recently accepted for publication by Story River Books. One of the many doors that opened for Ellen is having bestselling author Pat Conroy as a mentor. He personally prodded her to “get your ass at your desk…live it, work it, 12-14 hours a day.” Pat Conroy is the new editor-at-large for Story River Books, which is a South Carolina based original fiction imprint published by the University of South Carolina Press.”

Interview by Elizabeth Huggins