Elise Hylden earned a BFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2011. Her emphasis was drawing, with special attention to illustration. Her work was selected for the annual MSUM juried art show from 2007-2009 by jurors Howardina Pindell, Nick Cave, and George Bowes. Her work has also been featured at the Livingston Lord Library, Atomic Coffee in Moorhead, MN. and in the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo, ND. Elise has earned a minor in creative writing and has volunteered over 1800 hours in the Fargo, ND school system, promoting literacy through an Americorps academic enrichment program. She recently moved to Plymouth, MN where she currently pursues writing and illustrating children’s books. Elise also devotes her time to her husband, Jarrod, and to teaching 11 piano students.