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I'm Erendira
I share lovely things.
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.

What Readers Say

What I Journal About

Journal

Becoming More Grateful Diminishes Our Troubles

A simple way to becoming more grateful during trouble I stand amazed by the humility and strength of Fanny Crosby,...

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Are We Including the Word of God to Inform Our Worldview Online?

What we miss when we don't include God's word in our online witness I notice how much I tend to...

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Using a Biblical Worldview on the Self-Defense and Weapons Debate

How the unpopular view nowadays is the right one each time When I was twenty years old, I was driving...

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More Valuable Than What a Book Can Teach

Some lessons are better learned in sorrow As soon as my son returned from a few days backpacking and tenting...

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Uncompromising Our Faith in the Face of Difference

When isolation from those we love draws us closer to God We don’t always agree with those in our immediate...

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How Our Scars Bear the Beauty of Christ’s Healing Power

The immutable marks of our story carry a purpose The other day a dear writer I’ve come to admire shared...

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