About Phyllis

Phyllis Theroux is an essayist, columnist, author and teacher.  Born in San Francisco, California, her memoir, California and Other States of Grace led to several essay collections, a novella, an anthology, a children’s book – and a second memoir, The Journal Keeper, from which “Word Candy” was born.

“To make the journal read like a memoir, I had to strip some of the best material – from other writers – from it.  Now I’ve put them all back, in a collection of their own.”

“You are about to meet some old friends of mine,” reads a card inside the “Word Candy” box.  “That’s the way I view them,” she said.  “They have helped me lead a better, more conscious life.”

Theroux values good words like good seeds – something to pass on to future generations. The mother of three grown children, she lives with her husband Ragan Phillips in the small railroad town of Ashland, Virginia.

For more about Phyllis and her life as a writer and teacher, visit Nightwriters.


Listen to an interview with Phyllis by the award-winning creator and producer of the “American Spark” podcast, May-Lily Lee.