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We are thoroughly honored to be able to present this live online writing workshop with Ellen Bass, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
“Ellen Bass is a poet who writes out of an exuberant love of life and of language. She is no stranger to either pain or joy, and is unafraid of either.” —Alicia Ostriker
Bestselling writer, poet, and educator Ellen Bass is the author of ten poetry collections and three nonfiction books. Of these titles, Like a Beggar was a finalist for The Paterson Poetry Prize, The Publishers Triangle Award, The Milt Kessler Poetry Award, The Lambda Literary Award, and the Northern California Book Award; The Human Line was named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle; and Mules of Love won The Lambda Literary Award. In 1973, Bass co-edited with Florence Howe the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks!. Her nonfiction work, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, co-authored with Laura Davis, has sold over a million copies and been translated into twelve languages.
A beloved teacher, Bass leads poetry writing workshops across the country. She founded poetry workshops at Salinas Valley State Prison and the Santa Cruz, CA jails, and currently teaches in the low residency MFA writing program at Pacific University.
“The greatest strides I’ve made in my creative journey have been the direct result of studying with Ellen. She brings every aspect of craft to the table and has an astute understanding of what makes a poem work, with attention to word, line, tone, and shape. She listens with mind and heart, and responds with precision. Ellen takes the work seriously, but keeps the mood fun and light. If you’re just beginning, blocked, or an advanced poet seeking to stretch in new directions, I recommend you get to know Ellen Bass.” —Pamela Davis, author of Lunette (winner of the ABZ Prize for Poetry)