About the Artist
Elaine Ford (1939-2017) is the author of five novels, including The Playhouse, Ivory Bright, Missed Connections, Monkey Bay, and Life Designs, and a book of short stories called The American Wife. Her short fiction appeared widely in literary magazines and newspapers. In addition to her writing, Ford was also a wife, mother and grandmother, librarian, world traveler, and Harvard alumna. The natural curiosity that informed her work led to many other creative pursuits, including gardening, cooking, collecting works of art, and a fascination with her own genealogy. Ford taught literature and creative writing at the University of Maine for nearly two decades. At the time of her death, she resided in Topsham.