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Founded in 2011, by Brandon Monk, Read.Learn.Write was always intended to be a site focused on reading.

That’s why the site content has been focused on reading for pleasure–reading for self-improvement–reading to learn, and finally reading to write, because reading and writing are totally tangled, entwined for the conceivable future.

Even though Brandon cannot continue at the helm, We (Chris and Elizabeth) are past contributors committed to staying the course he originally set, albeit focusing future content in new and interesting ways.

ChrisCiolliProfileA Midwesterner based in the Mediterranean most of the year, Chris Ciolli is a writer, translator and artist with two dangerous vices: books and travel. She lives in Barcelona with her husband, J., her cat Lulu, and mountains of books.






Elizabeth Simons is an editor by nature and writer by heart. She was born in Austria and grew up in a bilingual household in mid-Missouri. She has a B.S. in English Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Hungarian was her first language, but she fell in love with English in the first grade. She wrote her first short story at age nine, and her first poem at age eleven. She’s had many occupations, including news reporter, freelance writer, researcher, editor, and teacher. She was a feature writer and editor for This Month at the Lake, the Lake of the Ozark (MO) area’s first full color monthly magazine. In addition to her poems and short stories, she’s written innumerable letters. In 2003 she wrote a correspondence course on creative writing for young adults, and she’s currently re-writing her first novel. Elizabeth has an editing business, Prosecraft Editing Services, where she polishes articles and manuscripts until they shine.

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