Ellen Bass

Irene Young

Ellen Bass’s newest book is Indigo (2020). Among her previous books are Like a Beggar (2014) which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Publishing Triangle Award, the Milt Kessler Poetry Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Northern California Book Award, The Human Line (2007), and Mules of Love (2002), which won the Lambda Literary Award. She co-edited the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks! (1973). Among her other honors are three Pushcart Prizes, the Pablo Neruda Prize, Larry Levis Prize, New Letters Prize, and Fellowships from the NEA and the California Arts Council. Her poetry appears frequently in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, and many other journals. Bass is also co-author of the groundbreaking The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse (1988, 2008), and Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth and Their Allies (1996). A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Bass founded poetry workshops at Salinas Valley State Prison and at the Santa Cruz County jails, and she teaches in the low-residency MFA program in writing at Pacific University.


Awards and Honors

Elliston Book Award for Poetry from the University of Cincinnati

Nimrod/Hardman’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry

The Missouri Review’s Larry Levis Award

Greensboro Poetry Prize

New Letters Poetry Prize

Chautauqua Poetry Prize

Pushcart Prize

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship

Finalist, Publishing Triangle Award

Finalist, Paterson Poetry Prize

Finalist, Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award

Finalist, Northern California Book Award

Lambda Literary Award