The documentary, “Inside Story,” about Elaine
Blanchard’s storytelling work with women inside
the Shelby County Jail has won a regional Emmy
Award. The film was created by Craig Leake and a
talented group of film students at the
University of Memphis. If you would like to see
the documentary, contact
Elaine to schedule a showing and a workshop
for your church, school, civic organization or
“Good People” is a 45 minute performance
of story and song. Elaine has written
and performs this story, based on her
childhood introduction to racism,
injustice and violence.
Laurence R. Albert, bass baritone,
highlights the story with his singing
voice, accompanied by pianist,
Jill Chamberlain Brookoff. The
performance is available for tour.
Elaine’s new book, Maggie
Scott’s Head Got Stuck, is
Illustrated by Robby McElhaney.
The picture book is based on a
true story about a little girl
who knew how to do everything
right. Purchase it
Elaine met with a group of
transgender and nonbinary people for 8
weeks, listening to each other and
building a circle of trust. Elaine
wrote a script based on the stories shared in those meetings and a cast of professional performers staged “Trans*cend” at TheatreSouth. Shelby Fuller Elwood, a Memphis film-maker, will create a documentary of the group’s process and the performance.
Participants in this project need to register with Elaine by sending an email to
Listen to conversation about the
performance of Trans*cend
Elaine has accepted the position as Interim Pastor at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church in Memphis. The church is located at
5530 Shady Grove Road, 38120. Sunday morning worship begins at 10:30 and all are welcome.