Ellen Girardeau Kempler


2885 Chillon Way
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Author's Bio

My first chapbook of haiku and photos, "Thirty Views of a Changing World" (dealing with climate change and other existential threats facing our planet), will be published this year by Finishing Line Press. My poems have been published in the Rising Phoenix Review, Orbis, Spectrum, Arrow and others. I lead workshops focused on process and discussion in homeless shelters and libraries; work as an editorial, marketing and social media consultant; judge poetry contests; and critique and write blurbs and reviews for colleagues. I believe in poetry's power to reach hearts and move people to action.

Publications & Prizes

Cargo Literary
On Being
The Rising Phoenix Review
Prizes won: 

Blackwater International Poetry Prize, Ireland, 2016; Runner-Up: Unrhymed poetry category, Writer's Digest, 2016; Honorable Mention: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Prize, Winning Writers, 2016; Bronze Award, Solas International Travel Writing, Narrative Memoir, 2016; First prize, Laguna Beach Library Poetry Writing Contest, 2015; Runner Up, Narrative Travel Writing Prize, Transitions Abroad, 2015; First prize, Laguna Beach Library Poetry Writing Contest, 2014; First prize, Laguna Beach Library Poetry Writing Contest, 2011; Second prize, Laguna Beach Library Poetry Writing Contest, 2009

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
W. B. Yeats, Seamus Heaney, Mary Karr, Tana French, Colm Tobin, Anthony Doerr, Billy Collins, Annie Dillard, Jane Austen, Jon Krakauer, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alice Hoffman, P. L. Travers, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear
What I'm reading now: 
The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders by Jared Hawkley, Susan Rich and Brian Turner (eds), Notes on the Assemblage by Juan Felipe Herrera, Robert Lowell, Setting the River On Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania & Character by Kay Redfield Jamison, This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein, Exit, West by Mohsin Hamid

More Information

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Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Children, Homelessness, Naturalists/Environmentalists
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Born in: 
Waltham, MA
Raised in: 
Eugene, OR
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Last update: May 11, 2017