Author: Elizabeth

Elizabeth Atherton is a writer and artist living in Southern California.

This is my Ecce Homo for Good Friday 2020. It is from a soldier’s point of view, but I suppose it could be from Pilate’s as well.

Chapbook excerpt: Madonna Lactans

I am working on 2 ekphrastic chapbooks. Here is an excerpt. This section is about Jean Fouquet’s The Virgin and Child Surrounded by Angels, 1452-1458. Please check my blog periodically to receive notice of my chapbooks’ release. I hope to have the first available for purchase by the end of spring. The woman is on the throne and […]

My short story Valley of the Kings is now live on Beacon Quarterly’s blog! It’s about occultism in the Los Angeles suburbs. Thank you very much to the Beacon team and especially to brilliant editor Kailla Coomes.

Baptism

  Photo: self-portrait in high school All names have been changed When I was sixteen I baptised my friend Wendy. Jessica Falco had committed suicide over Christmas break and Wendy had started seeing things. This would be the year 2006.  In life Jessica Falco had been thick-bodied and sad. She wore clothes that made her […]

Bedding Ritual

She went to see the man. She went to the hotel. He regarded her dress with delight. “You look poppish!” he said. Their first languages were not the same; in her mind she cycled through meanings: “puffy”, “like a puppy”, “like a doll”. He said, “Like a 60s pop singer!” After a while they lay […]

I am very grateful to the publications who have shared my work this year: the Arcade Materials project, Meat for Tea, Beacon Quarterly, and Salt Hill Journal (not pictured). May 2020 bring me into new work and new friendships. May we all serve our art well. Music: “I Am Not Zen”, Ambulance