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About Nowata Press...

Large leafy tree at the base of ancesteral grave sites
- The Name "Nowata" -

Nowata, Oklahoma is on the ancestral land of the Cherokee Nation.

"Nowata served as a train stop for Native Americans from the East being forced to resettle by the United States government. Some controversy exists about the meaning of the town name. The Lenape tribesmen who passed through named it "nuwita," meaning "friendly" or "welcome." In the Cherokee language, the town is called ᎠᎹᏗᎧᏂᎬᎬ (A-ma-di-ka-ni-gunh-gunh, roughly), which means, "water is all gone," translating what it sounded like the word meant: No Water."

from Wikipedia


Welcome to Nowata Press Publishing & Consulting! I'm Dana Ellington, a self-published author specializing in non-traditional women's contemporary fiction. My work is a unique blend of captivating storytelling and thought-provoking narratives that resonate with readers of all backgrounds.

Author kneeling in hero's pose
- Dana Ellington, Self-Published Author & Founder -

My great, great, great grandfather on my mother's side was owned by a member of the Cherokee Nation out of Georgia. He and his family were part of the Trail of Tears in which many Native American peoples were herded out of the Southern states and into the West. Once in Nowata, he was able to negotiate his family's freedom and settled on a plot of land.  The tree in the picture at the top of the page sits at the foot of several of my ancestor's graves. I chose to name my company "Nowata Press..." as a way to honor them.

As for me, well, I'm an Air Force brat who claims an international background even though Denver, Colorado is the city that 'raised' me. I am a legacy graduate of Denver East High School; I earned my Bachelor of Arts in English from Tuskegee (Institute) University and a Master of Arts in Professional Writing (emphasis - Creative Writing) from Kennesaw State University.​

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