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Ellen Bass


Ellen Bass is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her books include Like a Beggar, which was a finalist for five awards including The Paterson Poetry Prize and the Northern California Book Award, The Human Line, and Mules of Love, which won the Lambda Literary Award.

In 1973, Ellen co-edited the first major anthology of women's poetry, No More Masks! and she is the co-author of the groundbreaking guidebook, The Courage to Heal.

Among her awards are an NEA Fellowship, a Fellowship from the California Arts Council, three Pushcart Prizes, Nimrod's Pablo Neruda Prize, The Missouri Review's Larry Levis Prize, New Letters Poetry Prize, Greensboro Poetry Prize, and The Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award. Her work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review and many other journals. Visit her website.

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