Ellen Bass - 1440 Multiversity

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Ellen Bass

Award-winning poet, writer, and teacher

Ellen Bass is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have frequently appeared in the New Yorker and the American Poetry Review, as well as in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and hundreds of other journals and anthologies.

Her most recent book, Like a Beggar, was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Publishing Triangle Awards, the Milt Kessler Poetry Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Northern California Book Awards. Previous books include The Human Line and the award-winning Mules of Love. Her nonfiction work includes The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into 12 languages. She also co-edited the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks!

Ellen has been inspiring writers for over 50 years. She founded poetry workshops at Salinas Valley State Prison and the Santa Cruz, California, jails, and currently teaches in the master’s writing program at Pacific University.

Among her long list of awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, three Pushcart Prizes, the Pablo Neruda Prize, the Larry Levis Prize, and the New Letters Prize.

Upcoming Programs

Fire and Ice

November 22 - 24, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Leave the rush of your busy life and become still enough to hear the stories and poems that unfurl within you. Led by Ellen Bass and Roxan McDonald, two extraordinary and gifted writers, this workshop is an opportunity to write, share, and hear how your work touches others. Through mini-lectures, writing exercises, and supportive feedback...

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