About Elka

Elka Cloke was born in Santa Monica, California. She dictated her first poem to her Nursery School teacher. It was about a firework. She has a BA in Literature from The New School for Social Research, an MD from Thomas Jefferson Medical College and has also studied yoga and acupuncture. Her poetry has been featured in The San Fernando Poetry Journal and The Santa Monica Mirror as well as performed live at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Eugene Lang College, Scripps College and at the dedication of the WWII Memorial in Santa Monica. She currently lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and a cat named after a minor demon from the role playing game “Planescape”.