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Ellen Bass

Poetry

Ellen Bass is a  Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her books include Indigo, named a New and Notable book by the New York Times and Like a BeggarThe Human Line, and Mules of Love. In 1973 Ellen co-edited the first major anthology of women's poetry, No More Masks! and her non-fiction books include the groundbreaking guidebook, The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bi-Sexual Youth.

Among her awards are Fellowships from the NEA and 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.

Ellen founded poetry workshops at Salinas Valley State Prison and in the Santa Cruz jails. She lives with her wife in Santa Cruz, CA. Visit her website.

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Ellen Bass’ forthcoming book, Indigo, has just been released from Copper Canyon Press.

Dorianne Laux was recently selected as a 2020 Pulitzer Prize finalist in poetry for Only As The Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems (W.W. Norton, 2019).

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Pacific University is pleased to announce that Dorianne Laux will be serving on the Board of Chancellors for the Academy of American Poets. This is a distinction shared by just 115 poets since the board was formed in 1946 and includes fellow MFA faculty members Ellen Bass and Kwame Dawes.

Frank Gaspar's new book, The Poems of Renata Ferreira, was recently published by Tagus Press.

January 2020 MFA Reading Series

The Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing program hosts readings by leading contemporary writers during its 10-day residency in Seaside. The readings are free and open to the public.