Crystal Ellefsen grew up in Austin, Texas and migrated to California for a B.A. in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While there she won the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Prize in Poetry and was a finalist for the University of California Poet Laureate. At her graduation from UCSB in 2006, she was the student commencement speaker. After graduating, she worked for the Santa Barbara Writers Conference & the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce as Media & Public Relations Coordinator.
In 2012, she graduated from San Diego State University with an MFA in Creative Writing. During graduate school and after, Crystal continued gaining experience with internet marketing in a variety of industries before starting her own consulting business helping authors. She still writes and publishes poetry and lives in San Diego with her family.