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 publish, I am the managing editor of the press and of fws: journal of literature & art.

The press has published woodlands: nature~magic~mystery~myth (2022), an anthology celebrating forests and trees, what she holds (2020), my memoir in poetic form; purifying wind (2020), an anthology of prose and poems that celebrate the vulture; and one novel, Making Room for George: a love story (2016). We also publish fws: journal of literature & art.

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.

I love to help give good writing a home and to help others achieve their publishing goals.

& here is a much shorter bio:

d. ellis phelps’ poetry, art, and essays appear most recently or are forthcoming in The Bangalore Review, Waco Wordfest Anthology 2022, Central Texas Writers Anthology 2022, Texas Poetry Calendar 2023; Animal Tales 2022; 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 others.

She is the author of four books of poetry, including of failure & faith (Kelsay books, forthcoming2023), what she holds (MSSP, 2020), words gone wild (Kelsay Books,2921), and what holds her a book of ecstatic poetry (Main Street Rag, 2019); one novel, Making Room for George (MSSP, 2016), 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), Purifying Wind (MSSP, 2020), easing the edges: a collection of everyday miracles (Friends of the Boerne Public Library, (2021), and woodlands: nature~magic~mystery~myth (MSSP, 2022).

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 writing craft workshops for the Patrick Heath Public Library in Boerne, Texas, for the Dripping Springs Community Library, from her home studio and online.

d. ellis phelps, May 2022

Watch for future calls for submissions. I look forward to reading your work!

Words matter. Send yours!