He got the name when as a burned out criminal defense investigator teaching English in Costa Rica, a student struggling with a tricky slang phrase, got it lit up and blurted out, “You are like Elvis, the king of teachers!” This inevitably morphed into Elvis English.

Afterward, living in China, he started a blog in a land where arrests of bloggers occur and used the name to protect his identity. This simple act freed him somehow. And like native Americans, who had one name when they were born and another they grew into, Elvis English has grown/is growing into his.