Elizabeth Ballou's essays, poetry, and fiction have appeared in Prick of the Spindle, Crack the Spine, Spry, Carve, the Adroit Journal, Best of Adroit, and many others. After being shortlisted for the 2012 Adroit Prizes in Fiction, she was invited to join the staff, where she served three years as a fiction editor. She graduated in 2016 with degrees in English and Spanish from the University of Virginia. When not writing for Bustle, she's busy working on a video game, Gray Skies, Dark Waters, which she wrote.

This Was What Charlottesville Was Like In The Aftermath Of Saturday’s Violence

On the weekend of August 11, white supremacists and fascists flocked to Charlottesville, Virginia, for the "Unite the Right" rally. Led by noted racist and UVA alum Richard Spencer, the rally distressed Charlottesville residents by marching…
By Elizabeth Ballou

Would Trump Overturn Gay Marriage As President?

American citizens are now forced to confront that, according to the Associated Press, Donald Trump is the president-elect. But what does a Trump presidency mean for gay marriage, and gay rights in general? Trump has said he would try to overturn the…
By Elizabeth Ballou

"Key Race Alert" Memes Are Taking Over Twitter

If you've been glued to the screens of laptops, TVs, and phones across the United States this Election Night, then you've probably heard CNN toss the phrase "key race alert" around as often as campaign ads toss slurs back and forth. You'd think that…
By Elizabeth Ballou

MSNBC Misidentifies Cincinnati As Cleveland

On arguably the most important and most-watched day of the year for media outlets, MSNBC misidentified Cincinnati as Cleveland on Election Night. Quite the embarrassing mistake, right? Luckily for them, this is the least of most people's worries…
By Elizabeth Ballou

How To Buy Used Furniture You'll Actually Like

Not too long ago, I moved out of my college dorm and into the first apartment that didn't come pre-furnished with a school-issue desk and twin bed. This led to a dilemma: how was I going to fill my new room on a writer's salary? Sure, I had a few of…
By Elizabeth Ballou

Jill Shalvis Dishes On Her New Romance Series

If you've ever browsed the Romance section at your local bookstore, you've probably seen countless Jill Shalvis' books. She's a New York Times best-selling author, and there's a reason for her popularity: her writing is character-driven, accessible,…
By Elizabeth Ballou

7 Unexpected Dorm Packing List Items You Need

If you're prepping to head off to your first year of college, you're probably making a lot of lists: classes you're taking, buildings you'll have to find, and of course, dorm furniture you'll need to bring. Chances are good that you've already…
By Elizabeth Ballou

These Olympic Athletes Married Their Coaches

The bond between a coach and the athletes he or she is guiding to success is so close that they can end up feeling like family, with all the affection, frustration, and joy that entails. But what happens when your coach actually becomes part of your…
By Elizabeth Ballou

The "Pokemon Go" Update Has A Speed Limit Feature

If you are a "Pokemon Go" fanatic, you may be familiar with the phenomenon of catching 'em all and driving... which is actually super dangerous, since it makes you way less likely to notice what's going on around you. Now, in order to cut down on…
By Elizabeth Ballou

Tracking Is Back In The Newest "Pokemon Go" Update

If you've been playing "Pokemon Go" (and, honestly, who hasn't?), you probably know a little something about the uproar over the tracking system. When Niantic removed the tracking feature altogether in the last update, players lost their minds...…
By Elizabeth Ballou

The Reason Why Gymnasts Tape Their Ankles

I don't know about you, but my absolute favorite events to watch during the Olympic Games are the gymnasts' performances, since they blend the grace and rhythm of dance with the athleticism of rock climbing. I also love the complicated ceremony of…
By Elizabeth Ballou

Michael Phelps Isn't In A Rush To Get Married

Perhaps the most talked-about athlete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro is Michael Phelps, who has more Olympic medals than any other competitor in history. While the internet is buzzing with Olympic enthusiasts wondering if Phelps will…
By Elizabeth Ballou

Which Olympic Athletes Are Siblings?

The opening ceremony kicked off the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where more than 11,000 athletes will spend the next two weeks competing for the coveted gold medals — and more of them are related than you might imagine. So which…
By Elizabeth Ballou

The Reason People Are So Obsessed With Eevee

Whenever I'm playing "Pokemon Go" and I see an Eevee, I stop dead in my tracks so that I can catch it, even if that means neglecting other Pokemon that have also spawned. But Eevee isn't the strongest Pokemon, or the one with the best moves, or even…
By Elizabeth Ballou

How To Celebrate International Friendship Day

Did you know that Aug. 7 is International Friendship Day? Probably not, as it's nowhere near the size of most major holidays, but that doesn't make it any less worth celebrating, as cheesy as it sounds. You may be asking yourself, "Self, how do you…
By Elizabeth Ballou

This Muslim Woman Was Reported For Reading a Book

I always feel a pang in my chest when I hear that yet another airline passenger has been detained or reported for so-called "suspicious" behavior due to racial or religious profiling. However, the story of Faizah Shaheen is particularly infuriating,…
By Elizabeth Ballou

What Are The Different Eevee Evolutions?

In "Pokemon Go," the hit game from developer Niantic, Inc., one of the most popular Pokemon is Eevee: the cute little critter that looks like someone crossed a Cockapoo with a rabbit. Aside from its adorable appearance, Eevee is also noteworthy…
By Elizabeth Ballou

What To Know About The New "Pokemon Go" Update

If you've logged into everyone's favorite Pokemon-catching app in the last 12 hours, you may have noticed a few changes in the game's interface. That's because Niantic, Inc. released a new "Pokemon Go" update that improves (for the most part) the…
By Elizabeth Ballou

There Is A New 'Oregon Trail' Card Game

There is a single reason why I know that Chimney Rock, Fort Laramie, and Fort Walla Walla were stops for pioneers making their way out West, and that reason is the Oregon Trail computer game. (It is also the reason why I have an irrational fear of…
By Elizabeth Ballou

This Map Will Help You Find Pikachu

When I was a kid, all I wanted was my own Pikachu — and it seems like I'm not the only one. Ever since "Pokemon Go" came out, much of the chatter I've heard about the augmented reality game has to do with where you can catch Pikachu. It makes sense,…
By Elizabeth Ballou