Ellen Bass

California, United States


Ellen Bass's poetry includes Like A Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press) which was named a Notable Book of 2007 by the San Francisco Chronicle and Mules of Love (BOA) which won the Lambda Literary Award in 2002.  She co-edited (with Florence Howe) the groundbreaking No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Progressive, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Sun and many other journals. Last year she was featured on the cover of American Poetry Review. Her poetry has been widely anthologized and frequently read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac. Among her awards for poetry are a Pushcart Prize, the Elliston Book Award, The Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, the Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize. Her nonfiction books include Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies (HarperCollins, 1996), I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins, 1983) and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (HarperCollins, 1988, 2008) which has sold over a million copies and been translated into twelve languages. She is part of the core faculty of the MFA writing program at Pacific University.

Website: www.ellenbass.com


Publications

  • Like A Beggar , Copper Canyon Press--forthcoming Feb. 2014
  • The Human Line , Copper Canyon Press (2007)
  • Mules of Love , BOA Editions (2002)
  • The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse , HarperCollins (1988)
  • Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth , HarperCollins (1996)
  • No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women , HarperCollins (1973)

Awards

  • The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award(2013)
  • Golden Crown Literary Society Award(2008)
  • Pushcart Prize(2003)
  • New Letters Poetry Prize(2002)
  • Lambda Literary Award(2002)
  • Larry Levis Prize/Missouri Review(2001)
  • Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize(2000)
  • Elliston Book Award/University of Cincinnati(1980)

Employment

  • Core Faculty at Pacific University MFA in Creative Writing (June 2007 - )

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Goucher College (June 1968)
  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University (June 1970)

Genres of Interest

Poetry