Steve Gronert Ellerhoff has held jobs as a popcorn concessionist, a janitor, a projectionist, a file clerk, an assistant manager, a research assistant, a teaching assistant, a legal assistant, an adjunct professor, and once upon a time, for five years and a day, he worked his way up to Director of Wind-Up Toys at Finnegan's Toys & Gifts in downtown Portland, Oregon. Tin robots and chattering teeth gave way to mythology, the short story, and scholarly pursuit in Ireland, where he studied literary criticism and depth psychology at the lip of the Irish Sea in Bray. An editorial assistant in fiction for The Flexible Persona, he is now based in Eugene, Oregon.
- PhD in English from Trinity College, Dublin, in Ireland (2014)
- MPhil in Literatures of the Americas from Trinity College, Dublin, in Ireland (2011)
- MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in England (2003)