Holy: to be set apart. Not just for distinction but for the purpose of service, service to a higher good, the good of all goods, God. Hellions: a disorderly, troublesome, rowdy, or mischievous person who does not conform to established doctrine. Versed in the art of humble heresy.
In 2008, I created Holy Hellions as a blog for those “faithful rebels” who question the culture of sexism, stereotypes, and Sunday School answers without losing hope in the God who reconciles all things.
A communication strategist for authors and organizations, I’ve worked as an in-house publicist at publishing companies such as John Wiley and Sons, with authors ranging from sex-pert Dr. Ruth Westheimer to evangelical Tony Campolo. I’ve also worked as a freelance marketer for authors such as Rosie Molinary (Hijas Americanas, Seal Press, 2007), Enuma Okoro (Reluctant Pilgrim, Fresh Air Books, 2010), Marcia Mount Shoop (Let the Bones Dance, Westminster John Knox Press, 2010 and Wide Open Spaces, Circle Books, 2011), and Carol O. Eckerman (Lessons in Simply Being, Circle Books, 2012).
My latest work with national and local non-profits combines my work as a book publicist with broader communications consulting and program development. Currently, I work remotely for the Seattle-based non-profit Center for Courage & Renewal as an Assistant Program Director for Clergy & Congregational Leader Programs where I have had the pleasure of collaborating with co-founder and author Parker J. Palmer on the launch of Healing the Heart of Democracy, (Jossey-Bass, 2011) among other projects. In addition, I am working closely with the Durham non-profit Resource Center for Women and Ministry in the South and its Executive Director, Jeanette Stokes, on her upcoming book, 35 Years in the Garden.
In 2012, I completed a Masters of Theological Studies degree at Duke University in order to equip myself and other Christian feminists to build our platform in religious media. As part of that mission, I am co-editing an upcoming anthology (White Cloud Press, 2013) with author Enuma Okoro from young, American Christian women on the unspeakable taboos that remain at the intersection of faith and gender.
I can be hired for freelance articles, speaking engagements, and publicity/promotion consultations for authors and innovators.
To request a resume and rate quote, please contact me at elanebeam (at) gmail.com.
* The opinions and content expressed on this site are my own. They do not necessarily reflect the views of my employers.