Ellen Kombiyil


Bronx, NY 10463

Author's Bio

Ellen Kombiyil is the author of Histories of the Future Perfect (2015), and a micro chapbook Avalanche Tunnel (2016). Recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in New Ohio Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Ploughshares, and Salt Hill. She is a two-time winner of the Mary M. Fay Poetry Award from Hunter College, a recipient of an Academy of American Poets college prize, and was awarded the Nancy Dean Medieval Prize for an essay on the acoustic quality of Chaucer’s poetics. She is a founder of The (Great) Indian Poetry Collective, a mentorship-model press publishing emerging poets from India and the diaspora. A graduate of the University of Chicago and Hunter’s MFA program, she currently teaches creative writing at Hunter College.


Publications & Prizes

Come as You Are (Anomalous Press, 2017)
Red sky (Sable Books, 2016)
The Red Moon Anthology of English-Language Haiku (Red Moon Press, 2005)
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The Minnesota Review
The Offing
Prizes won: 

Coniston Prize, finalist, Radar Poetry, 2019

Pamet River Prize, semi-finalist, YesYes Books, 2019

Robert Dana Prize for Poetry, semi-finalist, Anhinga Press, 2019

Mary M. Fay Award for Poetry, Hunter College, 2018

Nancy Dean Medieval Essay Prize, Hunter College, 2018

Mary M. Fay Award for Poetry, 2nd place, Hunter College, 2017

Seumas MacManus and Catalina Paez Academy of American Poetry Prize, Honorable Mention,
            Hunter College, 2017


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Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

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Syracuse, NY
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Last update: Jul 10, 2020