Conversations with Poet Ellen Bass, April 1, 2020

Don’t miss this poet, whose readings are described as “moving and funny and chock full of human warmth.”

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
Kerr-McGee Auditorium,

Meinders School of Business
NW 26th & N. McKinley
Oklahoma City University

10 AM, informal poetry reading and discussion of writing process,  followed by a book signing

7:00-7:45 PM open mic for area poets preceding the formal reading


8 PM formal reading, open to the public, followed by a book signing

All events are free and open to the public.

The 22nd annual Thatcher Hoffman Smith Poetry Series at OCU is proud to bring beloved poet Ellen Bass to Oklahoma City. Ellen Bass grew up on the east coast and now resides in Santa Cruz, California. She studied writing at Goucher College and Boston University. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she has received many awards and recognitions for her work, including and a finalist designation for the Paterson Poetry Prize, The Publishers Triangle Award, The Milt Kessler Poetry Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Northern California Book Award. She is the author of eight poetry collections, including recent titles Like a Beggar and The Human Line published by the Copper Canyon Press. She’ll have a new book forthcoming in late spring of 2020.

Ellen Bass is beloved as a teacher and is renowned in her poetry career. She travels the country to lead writing workshops and has founded poetry programs at Salinas Valley State Prison and the Santa Cruz jail. Her poems have frequently appeared in The New Yorker and The American Poetry Review, as well as in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Kenyon Review, PloughsharesThe Sun and hundreds of other journals and anthologies.

“Ellen Bass has written these poems in service and celebration of Eros, the life force that can wake us, the weary citizens of this all too broken world. The poems know what they contend with; they don’t flinch. Then they sing their joy.” ~ Poet Marie Howe

Poetry
Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon Press, 2014)
The Human Line (Copper Canyon Press, 2007)
Mules of Love (BOA Editions, 2002)
Our Stunning Harvest: Poems (New Society Publishers, 1984)
Of Separateness & Merging (Autumn Press, 1977)
I’m Not Your Laughing Daughter (University of Massachusetts Press, 1973)

Bass’s works of nonfiction include the bestselling The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, co-authored with Laura Davis (HarperCollins 1988, 20th anniversary edition 2008).  Her other nonfiction titles include Beginning to Heal: A First Book for Men and Women Who Were Sexually Abused as Children (2003, revised edition 2008) and Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth—and Their Allies (HarperCollins, 1996), which she wrote with Kate Kaufman.

Read Ellen Bass’ recent poems in The New Yorker

Hear Ellen Bass read her poem “Lost Dog”