Ellen Bass


226 Younglove Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Author's Bio

Ellen Bass’s poetry includes the forthcoming Indigo (Copper Canyon, 2020),  Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002). She co-edited, with Florence Howe, the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (Doubleday, 1973). Her poetry has appeared frequently in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Among her awards are Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and The California Arts Council, three Pushcart Prizes, The Lambda Literary Award, The Pablo Neruda Prize, The Larry Levis Prize and the New Letters Prize. Her nonfiction books include Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies, I Never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse , and The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. www.ellenbass.com

Literary agent: 
Charlotte Raymond

Publications & Prizes

The Pushcart Prize XLII (Pushcart Press, 2018)
The Pushcart Prize XL (Pushcart Press, 2016)
Pushcart Prize XXVIII (Pushcart Press, 2004)
No More Masks! (Harper Collins, 1993)
Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014)
The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007)
Mules of Love (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2002)
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Atlantic Monthly
Kenyon Review
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The New Yorker
Prizes won: 

Three Pushcart Prizes, the Elliston Book Award, The Pablo Neruda Prize from Nimrod/Hardman, the Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the New Letters Prize, Lambda Literary Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts

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Feminist, Jewish, LGBTQ
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New Jersey
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Last update: May 09, 2019