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I'm Erendira
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ABOUT MEErendira Ramirez-Ortega

I’m a Christian wife, mom, home educator, and writer. My fiction, essays, poetry, and prose appear widely in various publications.

I have BA from UCLA and an MFA from Mills College. I’m a Mount Hermon Writers Alumni and a NaNoWriMo Winner 2015.

My name is pronounced like this: eh- r- eh- y- n- d- ih- r- ah

I have a special interest in reading, writing, faith, & art and how these affect our curiosities as creatives. I would describe my writing as contemporary with a Christian worldview along with a sensibility to identity in all its facets: faith, second-generation immigrant, language, motherhood, trauma, silence, and transformation.

I write about personal and significant events in which I’ve seen the hand of God impart wisdom and grace into my life.

I write book reviews and am fascinated by faith, art, redemption, transformation, and renewal. I seek lovely things that exemplify these characteristics and values through a biblical worldview, hence my semi-monthly Lovely Things newsletter.

I am the co-founder of Burning Bush Press. This project is an expression of my family’s faith and is meant to encourage believers by bringing literary works that sharpen, stimulate, and advance the kingdom. We hold a short story contest for homeschoolers biennially.

When I’m not doing any of these things, I’m doing my side hustle at ERO Creative. I also produce and host a read-aloud podcast entitled Afictionada.

I’m in the middle of completing a novel.

I stopped writing in 2000 after earning my MFA from Mills College. Some of my short stories were published during my final year in the MFA (1999) and through 2003, but I didn’t write a single story after graduating because my life took a turn: I got married, had children, drew closer in my walk spiritually, and acquired new skills.

I built my consulting business in instructional design in order to provide for a growing family but sadly, my writing goals were placed on hold while I was in the throes of a new life that demanded all of me. I read non-fiction more than anything else during those years. In 2010, I established a blog as a means to express my faith.

For many years I focused on my family and transitioning from working outside of the home to homeschooling my three children.

In 2014, I reacquainted myself with the literary scene. How does one catch up after so much has taken place in such a long time? Technology, publishing, and literary journals have changed dramatically and it seemed liked I was sleeping through it all.

This long sabbatical from publishing wasn’t lost on me for all those years. Just when it appeared as if my MFA was a vapor of sorrow, a traumatic and disastrous family experience brought me out of my slumber and into a cathartic state of writing again. All those prior years were a gestation of what is now.

My Literary Work

“A Case for the Independent Press: Reversing the Failed MFA Syndrome,” The Millions, 2019 (forthcoming)

“Storytellers Among Us” The Sunlight Press, January 2019

“Fighting Guilt as a Homeschool Mom,” Crosswalk Magazine, October 2018

“Ten Things Boys Learn by Playing Sports,” Crosswalk Magazine, September 2018

“Violating the Tenets of Intersectionality,” Faithfully Magazine [Print Issue 4], June 2018

“The Danger of Trying to Please Man While Serving God,” iBelieve, June 2018

“Fighting to Write Between Two Languages,” The Millions, April 2018

“Let’s Stop Talking About Inclusion and Start Taking Action,” Faithfully Magazine, March 2018

“Caught Between Two Languages,” Fathom Magazine, February 2018

“Bringing Up My Children in a Bilingual Home (School),” Mothers Always Write, February 2018

“A Case For Diversity In Christian Publishing,” Faithfully Magazine, October 2017

“I can barely afford to pay my bills. I can’t send an honest Christmas card,” The Washington Post, December 2016

“The Journey Back to My Father,” Brain, Child Magazine, September 2016

“An Open Letter to my Former Self Before I Became a Homeschool Mom,” Red Tricycle, June 2016

“Silent Vestiges,” Cordella Magazine, April 2016

“Here Is What Happens When a Son Overburdens His Father With Grief,” The Tishman Review, April 2016

“Seasoned with Salt: Adding Flavor to the Independent Press,” Front Porch Commons: A Project of [CLMP], July 2015

Interview: Kate Motaung, author, A Place to Land
A discussion about displacement, surrender, and landing in the center of God’s will.

Interview: Emily Conrad, Author, Justice
An interview about hope, faithfulness, and writing.

Interview: Nathaniel Hansen, Editor, Windhover Journal
Exploring Christian perspectives and spiritual themes. Nathaniel Hansen chats about Windhover Journal.

Interview: Thom Caraway, Editor, Rock & Sling
Exploration and ambiguity. A chat with Thom Caraway, Editor of Rock & Sling.

Interview: Gregory Wolf, Editor, Image Journal
Grappling with religion in authentic ways. Interview with Image Journal Editor, Gregory Wolfe.

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The Other Passion Next to Writing Is Creating a Quilt

When sewing serves a greater purpose as a respite from writing fatigue Last week, I was contemplating about the energy...

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Why I Quit Twitter

Eight great truths every introvert should know   I deactivated my Twitter account around the time I was grieving the...

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Why I’m Taking a Pause to Focus on that Which is of Eternal Value

A much-needed rest Recently, I experienced disappointment that gave me a profound change of heart, that prompted a turning point....

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When Joy Is Hijacked, a Psalm Uncovers Our Excuses

Why do we make room for our joy to be hijacked by the cruelty of this world? Psalm 103, verses...

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Sackcloth and Ashes: A Sign of Repentance for Sin

How sin used to provoke humility and shame in full display In the Bible, sackcloth and ashes were worn as a sign of...

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Asking Why Evil Happens is Not the Question a Christian Should Ask

Laws of man cannot stop evil from flourishing We need to stop living in a bubble. When I hear commentators...

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