"As I read Ellen's poetry. I recognize thoughts and feelings I share with her and then I think, "Boy! How does she do that?" "
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"This poetry touches both my heart and my head."
Ellen Birkett Morris is the author of Surrender, a chapbook, and Lost Girls, a short story collection, which the Southern Review of Books called “nuanced” and “hauntingly realistic.” Her poetry has appeared in The Clackamas Literary Review, Juked, Gastronomica, and Inscape, among other journals. Morris won top prize in the 2008 Binnacle Ultra-Short Edition and was a finalist for the 2019 and 2020 Rita Dove Poetry Prize.
Morris teaches writing at The Loft and Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, and lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, Bud, and their rescue dog, Lila.
Author Statement: Signing up to write a poem a day while promoting a book of short stories amid a global pandemic seems crazy, but we need poetry now more than ever to expand our empathy, escape the scary stuff and celebrate the gifts of daily life. I'm looking forward to writing a poem a day for Tupelo Press!
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