About Elke

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Elke Thoms is a writer based in Los Angeles. She is an award-winning poet, playwright, and stand-up comedian. Her writing career began early, as a child she kept a list of restaurants with her opinions on their macaroni and cheese.

Elke’s poem, “Bedroom View,” is featured in City of Notions: An Anthology of Contemporary Boston Poems (2017). “Bedroom View” was also selected for the Mayor’s Poetry Program, and was displayed in Boston City Hall for one year (2017). Selected poems by Elke can be found on Instagram here.

Two of her one-act plays, Every Synonym of Beautiful and Shutter Speed, are winners of The School of Performing Arts in the Richmond Community’s statewide playwriting competition, New Voices for the Theater. Elke’s plays were performed as staged readings at the Firehouse Theatre Project and Virginia Commonwealth University’s Shafer Street Playhouse (2012, 2013). Shutter Speed, as well as her ten-minute plays Buying The Cow and Short Distance, received productions by Northeastern University’s Theatre Group, Silver Masque (2018, 2016, 2015).

Elke is the winner of Northeastern University’s 2016 Last Husky Standing, and has performed stand-up comedy at Laugh Boston and ImprovBoston.

Elke graduated cum laude from Northeastern University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in psychology. She is a member of the 2018 Huntington 100.