Ellen Bass' newest collection Indigo was published by Copper Canyon Press in April 2020. Her other poetry books include Like A Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love. Her poetry appears frequently in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review and many other journals. Among her awards are Fellowships from the NEA, the California Arts Council, three Pushcart Prizes, the Lambda Literary Award, the Pablo Neruda Prize, the Larry Levis Prize, and the New Letters Prize. She coedited the first major anthology of women's poetry, No More Masks! and her nonfiction books include the groundbreaking The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, and Free Your Mind: The Book for Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Youth. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Bass founded poetry workshops at Salinas Valley State Prison and the Santa Cruz, California jails, and teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. So here's my conversation with Ellen Bass.
By Vicki Robin, Ellen Bass, Resilience.org
Ellen Bass is an award-winning poet, author and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Her poems appear frequently in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and many other journals. From her view as a poet, Ellen addresses the question of “What Could Possibly Go Right?”