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Ellen Hagan


Ellen Hagan

Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer and educator. Her latest collection of poetry HEMISPHERE, was published by Northwestern University Press, Spring 2015.

Ellen's poems and essays can be found on, in the pages of Creative Nonfiction, Underwired Magazine, She Walks in Beauty (edited by Caroline Kennedy), Huizache, Small Batch, and Southern Sin. Her first collection of poetry, CROWNED, was published by Sawyer House Press in 2010.

Ellen's performance work has been showcased at The New York International Fringe and Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival. She is the recipient of the 2013 NoMAA Creative Arts Grant and received grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts. National arts residencies include The Hopscotch House and Louisiana Arts Works, and has been on the po­etry faculty at West Virginia Wesleyan in their low-residency MFA program.

Ellen is the Director of the Poetry & Theatre Departments at the DreamYard Project and directs their International Poetry Exchange Program with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. She co-leads the Alice Hoffman Young Writer's Retreat at Adelphi University.

A proud Kentucky writer, Ellen is a member of the Affrilachian Poets, Conjure Women, and is co-founder of the girlstory collective. She lives with her husband and daughters in New York City.

Ellen Hagan

Books by Ellen Hagan

by Renée Watson and Ellen Hagan - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Prejudice , Racism, Social Issues, Women’s Issues, Young Adult 13+

Jasmine and Chelsea are best friends on a mission. They're sick of the way women are treated even at their progressive NYC high school, so they decide to start a Women's Rights Club. They post their work online --- poems, essays, videos of Chelsea performing her poetry and Jasmine's response to the racial microaggressions she experiences --- and they go viral. But the club is also targeted by trolls. When things escalate in real life, the principal shuts the club down. Not willing to be silenced, Jasmine and Chelsea risk everything for their voices --- and those of other women --- to be heard.