Ellen Bass (born 1947) is an American poet, and co-author of The Courage to Heal.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bass grew up in Margate City, New Jersey (where her parents owned a liquor store). She attended Goucher College, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree. She pursued a master’s degree at Boston University, where she studied with Anne Sexton, and graduated in 1970.
From 1970 to 1974, Bass worked as an administrator at Project Place, a social service center in Boston. She teaches in the low residency M.F.A. program at Pacific University in Oregon, and has been teaching Writing About Our Lives workshops since 1974 in Santa Cruz, California.
Her poems have appeared in hundreds of journals and anthologies, including The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., 'the' American Poetry Review, the Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and Field. Much of her earlier writing is confessional poetry.
Her non-fiction books include I Never Told Anyone, Free Your Mind, and The Courage to Heal, which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into twelve languages.
Bass has been awarded the Elliston Book Award for Poetry from the University of Cincinnati, Nimrod/Hardman’s Pablo Neruda Prize, The Missouri Review’s Larry Levis Award, the Greensboro Poetry Prize, the New Letters Poetry Prize, the Chautauqua Poetry Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the California Arts Council.
- I'm Not Your Laughing Daughter. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1973.
- Of Separateness and Merging. Brookline, MA: Autumn Press, 1977.
- For Earthly Survival: Poems. Santa Cruz, CA: Moving Parts Press, 1980.
- Our Stunning Harvest: Poems. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers, 1985.
- Mules of Love. Rochester, NY: BOA Editions, 2002.
- The Human Line. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2007.
- The Courage to Heal: A guide for women survivors of child sexual abuse (with Laura Davis). New York: Harper & Row, 1988, 1994; London: Cedar, 1996; 20th anniversary edition, New York: Collins, 2008.
- Beginning to Heal: A first book for men and women who were sexually abused as children (with Laura Davis). HarperCollins 1993; New York: Quill, 2003.
- Free Your Mind: The book for gay, lesbian and bisexual youth — and their allies (with Kate Kaufman). New York: Harper Perennial, 1996.
- I Like You to Make Jokes with Me, but I Don’t Want You to Touch Me. Chaepel Hill, NC: Lollipop Power, 1981; Durham, NC: Lollipop Power / Carolina Wren Press, 1993.
- No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women (edited with Florence Howe). Garden City, NY: Anchor, 1973.
- I Never Told Anyone: Writings by women survivors of child sexual abuse (edited with Louise Thornton and others). New York: Harper & Row, 1983; New York: Harper Perennial, 1991.
- ↑ http://www.enotes.com/spoke-despair/author-biography
- ↑ http://www.ellenbass.com/bio.php
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 http://www.pshares.org/authors/author-detail.cfm?authorID=92
- ↑ http://www.examiner.com/x-2696-Sacramento-Arts--Entertainment-Examiner~y2009m7d3-How-poetry-can-save-your-life-an-Interview-with-lesbian-poet
- ↑ The Human Line reviewed, Eclectica, October / November 2007. Web, Mar. 31, 2018.
- ↑ Search results = au:Ellen Bass, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 25, 2014.
- "The Thing Is" at Poetry 365
- Ellen Bass: Three Poems at Peony Moon
- Ellen Bass at the Poetry Foundation
- The Human Line, sample poems
- Ellen Bass at How a Poem Happens
- Audio / video
- Ellen Bass at Amazon
- Ellen Bass Official website.
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