Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Edited by Suzanne Lummis. "Leaving the theater I stand outside in a dark of black lipstick the world wears when everyone leaves." Language like this—savory, sensuous and ripe with the unexpected—is among Carol Ellis' strengths, along with an intelligence that converts the ordinary into the wild and the strange. They pour from her, these poems, not in the form of stories exactly, narrative, but in a profusion of responses to the world, the seen, the experienced and the imagined. "Thunder. The dogs bark. The gods are angry say those who believe in gods. The gods are always angry or out in the back alley by the dumpster smoking a cigarette." Reader, think of Carol Ellis' poems this way: like stepping into the realm of dreams, but dreams wittier and more sumptuous than those that favor most of us each night.
Carol Ellis is a poet living in Portland, Oregon. She's been around the academic block with her PhD in English from the University of Iowa (her dissertation was about the poet James Wright) and her Masters of English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State, where she studied with Robert Creeley, and Ed Dorn. Carol is the author of two chapbooks: HELLO (Two Plum Press, 2018), and I Want a Job (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poems and essays are published in anthologies and journals including ZYZZYVA, Comstock Review, The Cincinnati Review, Saranac Review, and Cider Press Review. Carol has taught at Saginaw Valley State University, University of Redlands, California State University at San Bernardino, Claremont Graduate University (where she directed the graduate writing program), University of California at Merced, and at The Attic in Portland. In 2015, Carol spent time in Cuba writing a book and giving readings.Author City: PORTLAND, OR USA