Crystal Ellwood holds a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art, a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a Master of Arts in English from Western Carolina University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Fiction Writing from New England College. She has previously taught at Western Carolina University and New England College before joining Cumberland University in 2019 as an adjunct instructor of First-Year Composition. Her interest areas include the intersections of race, gender, and societal issues, writing as a process, and science fiction and dystopian literatures. She has presented her scholarship across the nation, including the presentations “An Ecological Approach to Dystopian Literature: Linking the Realities of Economics and Science to Dystopian Social Critiques” at the Margins Conference at Clemson University and “The Discourse of Disability in South African Literature: Athol Fugard’s Tsotsi and J.M. Coetzee’s Foe” at the African Literature Association Conference in Washington, DC.