Elise Matthesen is an American essayist, journalist, poet, and fiction writer (primarily of science fiction and fantasy; she is an active supporter of the interstitial arts movement), and a crafter of art jewelry. For 13 years she was the companion of the late John M. Ford until his death in September 2006. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a member of the First Universalist Church there.
Matthesen is an anorexia nervosa survivor as well as a speaker, facilitator, and activist on issues of body acceptance, bisexuality, polyamory, and issues of self-esteem.
In 2009 she was nominated for a World Fantasy Award Special Award - Non-Professional "for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her 'artist's challenges'". She has written for local GLBT magazine Lavender, is an active member of science fiction fandom, serving as chair of the 2009 Fourth Street Fantasy Convention.
- ^ Clute, John. "Obituary: John M. Ford: Science-fiction writer and poet", The Independent 30 September 2006
- ^ Matthesen, Elise "Anorexia" in Women en Large: Images of Fat Nudes (Laurie Toby Edison & Debbie Notkin); Books in Focus, 1994
- ^ Matthesen, Elise "Female-to-Elf?" Keynote speech BECAUSE Conference April 2000 St Paul Minnesota
- ^ Matthesen, Elise "What's So Funny About Bisexual Separatism?" Keynote speech, International Conference on Bisexuality, June 1994, New York City
- ^ Matthesen, Elis "Faithful Polyamory", a Unitarian Universalist sermon" presented at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, as part of the Gay Pride Sunday Service June 18, 2000
- ^ 2009 World Fantasy Awards