El-R Charis is a native of Chicago, bred and raised on the Southside. Educated in the Chicago
Public School system in a time when teachers took an active role as alternate parents to those
entrusted to them daily: El-R took her first creative writing class in an After-School program
under the tutelage of Mrs. Leila BoNey. During the program, this Author’s natural flair for writing
became immediately apparent to the program director thus a friendship/mentorship identity was
formed. This connection lasted throughout the Author’s formative years until the untimely
passing of El-R’s beloved mentor in her early twenties.
In addition to her enthusiasm for writing, El-R Charis majored in Commercial Art as a high
school student, even graduating from higher education with an AAS in Art & Design from Robert
Morris University, Chicago.
Throughout her life, El-R Charis has endured many obstacles she credits for fine tuning her craft
with a keen level of detail, which many people who have struggled through life’s journey can
relate. A Poet who expresses a lifetime of observation, harmony through conflict, and ultimately
self acceptance: This openly gay author utilizes words, artistic talents, as well as photography
to lay out graphic depictions of the ups and downs of moving through society. El-R’s newest
endeavor a publishing company, Phi Phe Publications, offer a variety of services from editing to
ghost writing. Motion in Poetry, the Web site at ElrCharis.com rallies all things embodied in the
mind of El-R Charis: Words, Pictures, Passion.
Social Media info:
ElrCharis.com (Web site)