Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press


We are small but formidable! In fact, it’s just me here: d. ellis phelps.

While I do sometimes solicit the help of fellow poets & writers to curate the work I do, I am the managing editor of the press and of fws: journal of literature & art.

The press has published one novel, my own: Making Room for George (2016). We publish fws: journal of literature & art biannually and our first anthology, Purifying Wind is forthcoming presently!

I love to help give good writing a home and to help others, especially women-writers achieve their publishing goals.

I am primarily a poet but I have written and published essays, creative non-fiction, flash fiction, and several newspaper columns (that dates me!) plus this blog (go home on the menu to view my most recent posts & check out the sidebar to view what I write about). Here’s my CV in case you’d like to see it…

& here is a much shorter bio:

d. ellis phelps’ poetry, art, and essays appear most recently or are forthcoming in Texas Poetry Calendar 20 & 2021; poems2 go; The Amethyst Review; The Enchantment of the Ordinary; The Larger Geometry:  poems for peace; Poets & Dreamers:  Dreamers and Displaced Issue; Voices de La Luna; & The Main Street Rag, among othersShe is the author of what holds her a book of ecstatic poetry (forthcoming 2019, Main Street Rag); Making Room for George, a novel and of the blog formidableWoman.  Anthologies for which she has served as managing editor include The Larger Geometry:  poems for peace (2018), Through Layered Limestone: a Texas Hill Country Anthology of Place ( 2019) and Purifying Wind (forthcoming, Spring 2020).

From 2016-2019, Ms. Phelps served as the Animating Director of the San Antonio peaceCenter’s reading series, poets for peace, a quarterly gathering of poets and musicians celebrating and promoting peace.

Further Ms. Phelps has taught fine arts to students of all ages since she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 1974.  For many years, she taught as Writers in Communities faculty for Gemini Ink, a San Antonio, Texas literary organization.  She teaches a periodic workshops on The Art of Writing for the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne, Texas, in her home studio and other San Antonio area venues.

d. ellis phelps, April 2020

We are currently reading for the Spring 2020 issue of fws on the theme of love, caring, tenderness, and hope. For submission guidelines, click “submit” below.

Words matter. Send us yours!