VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT: ELLEN BASSveteranfeminists2022-07-19T13:04:46-04:00
THE VFA PIONEER HISTORIES PROJECT
“We have seen through the centuries, legislating anybody’s sexual desire is bound to fail.”
Poet, author, educator. Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and winner of a 2021 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Poetry. Administrator at Project Place, a social service center in Boston from 1970-74. In the early 1970s, began publishing her own and others’ poetry. In 1973, co-edited with Florence Howe a collection of poems entitled No More Masks: An Anthology of Poems by Women. 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.Founded poetry workshops at Salinas Valley State Prison and in the Santa Cruz jails. Graduated from Goucher College in 1968. Master’s degree from Boston University in 1970.
Interviewed by Judy Waxman, January 2022
Photo 1. Photo of Ellen by Steve Dunwell, used as the cover of I’m Not Your Laughing Daughter, her first book of poetry published by the University of Massachusetts Press, 1973, Photo 2. Ellen (center) teaching an early workshop in Santa Cruz in the ’70s.