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Ellen Bass, Award-winning poet, writer, and teacher

Ellen Bass is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have frequently appeared in the New Yorker and the American Poetry Review, as well as in the New York Times, the Atlantic, and hundreds of other journals and anthologies.

Her most recent book, Like a Beggar, was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Publishing Triangle Awards, the Milt Kessler Poetry Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Northern California Book Awards. Previous books include The Human Line and the award-winning Mules of Love. Her nonfiction work includes The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into 12 languages. She also co-edited the first major anthology of women's poetry, No More Masks!

Ellen has been inspiring writers for over 50 years. She founded poetry workshops at Salinas Valley State Prison and the Santa Cruz, California, jails and currently teaches in the master's writing program at Pacific University.

Among her long list of awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the California Arts Council, three Pushcart Prizes, the Pablo Neruda Prize, the Larry Levis Prize, and the New Letters Prize.

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