Mrs. Ellen Hagan

New York, United States

Member Since: 01/16/2013

Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, and educator. Her latest collection of poetry Hemisphere is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press, Spring 2015.

Ellen's poems and essays can be found in the pages of Creative NonfictionUnderwired MagazineShe Walks in Beauty (edited by Caroline Kennedy), HuizacheSmall Batch, and Southern Sin. Her first collection of poetry, Crownedwas published by Sawyer House Press in 2010.

Ellen's performance work has been showcased at The New York International Fringe and Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival. She is the recipient of the 2013 NoMAA Creative Arts Grant and received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts. National arts residencies include The Hopscotch House and Louisiana Arts Works.

Ellen recently joined the po­etry faculty at West Virginia Wesleyan in their low-residency MFA program. She teaches Memoir, Poetry & Nature, and co-leads the Alice Hoffman Young Writer's Retreat at Adelphi University. She is Poetry Chair of the DreamYard Project and a regular guest artist at the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts and Cold Spring Harbor Schools.

A proud Kentucky writer, Ellen is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, Conjure Women, and is co-founder of the girlstory collective. She lives with her husband and daughters in New York City. 


Twitter Username: @ellenhagan


  • Crowned , Sawyer House Press (January 1, 2010)
  • Hemisphere , Northwestern University Press (April 2014)


  • Chair of Poetry Department at DreamYard Project


  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from The New School (May 2003)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry