Elizabeth Kelsey is currently writing a memoir about her intercultural marriage, From Lebanon to Lebanon (New Hampshire). Her essays have appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, O: the Oprah Magazine, Eating Well, and many other publications. In 2014, her Love Without Borders column ran in the New Hampshire/Vermont newspaper, The Valley News. She has received grants and scholarships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts/The National Endowment for the Arts, The Vermont College of Fine Arts, and Boston’s Grub Street Writing Center. She is the 2014 winner of the The New Hampshire Writers’ Project’s Donald M. Murray Outstanding Journalism Award.

“Elizabeth Kelsey writes with clarity. She doesn’t waste words and has a knack for dropping short sentences in all the right places to achieve a variety of effects from adding emphasis to injecting humor. Elizabeth avoids overbearing descriptions with deft use of revealing detail…she understands the importance of endings…and humor abounds.”

—Jack Driscoll, Editor of The Boston Globe

Elizabeth Kelsey’s work is made possible in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  1. Dear Elizabeth,
    I, too, married a man from another culture. I met Alv Elvestad when he was in Hanover getting an MBA at Tuck. I was divorced, with 4 grade school kids. We met at a contra dance in Lyme, NH. (and we were introduced by Harvey, the invisible rabbit…but that is a longer story than this box.)
    Alv is Norwegian. He grew up in North Norway, 200 miles above the Arctic Circle, and didn’t get south of that line until he was 15. Although there are many cultural differences and traditions, what binds us together is shared values. Maybe it is respect for these differences we value in each other.
    Linda Jones, 159 Route 4, Enfield, NH 03748 603-632-7654

  2. Hi, there! One of my dearest friends sent me a copy of your article in O saying that it reminded her of us. And, after having read it, I completely agree. From the the roles we play in each other’s lives and the connection that chooses to disregard distance & time (right down to the age difference!), we seem to be another pair of lucky ladies bound by the greatest of female friendships. It makes me truly happy to hear of more women finding and sharing these wonderfully affecting relationships. Thanks so much for sharing a part of your life with us. And, should you decide to publish a novel to accompany said article, you can count on at least two copies being purchased by yours truly!

    Wishing you the best,

    P.S. I’m totally borrowing your 80th Birthday Party idea!

    1. Hi, Nikki,
      It’s so lovely to hear from you. Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed my story about Murdina in O, and for sharing your own experience. Yes, we are indeed lucky to have these strong friendships in our lives! I hope your “80th” birthday is a blast!
      All the best,

  3. Hi Elizabeth, I enjoyed your article in Eating Well magazine. My parents immigrated from Lebanon . The food you mentioned in your article were at my table every day while growing up. My mom is 79 and still makes her own leban (yogurt), lebneh & jibin(cheese). We also travel to Lebanon and return with zatar, which she uses to make us delicious seasoned flat bread. I wish I could cook like her. She doesn’t use recipes. It’s all in her head. Growing up, I thought our food was so different from my grade school friends, but now, hummus & tabouleh are everywhere. It’s great that Maroun cooks! Happy eating. Sahtein

    1. Thank you so much, Ann. I bet your mom’s leban, lebneh, and jibin are delicious! She sounds a little like my mother in-law, em-Maroun, who returns from a long day of work and still manages to throw together a delicious multi-course meal.

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