Thomas Ellis, 28th Annual ODU Literary Festival

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Featured Participant

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Webb University Center - Newport News Room

Author/Artist Bio

Thomas Sayers Ellis co-founded The Dark Room Collective and received his M.F.A. from Brown University in 1995. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review; AGNI; Best American Poetry (1997 and 2001); Boston Book Review; Boston Review; Callaloo; Fence; Grand Street; Hambone; Harvard Advocate; Harvard Review; the Kenyon Review; Ploughshares; the Pushcart Prize 1998; the Southern Review;The Garden Thrives: Twentieth-Century African-American Poetry; Tin House; Giant Steps: The New Generation of African American Writers; American Poetry: The Next Generation; and Wax Poetics. He has received fellowships from The Ohio Arts Council, The MacDowell Colony, The Fine Arts Work Center (in Provincetown) and YADDO; and in 1993 he co-edited On the Verge: Emerging Poets and Artists. Ellis is a contributing editor of Callaloo and his first collection The Good Junk (1996) was published in the Graywolf annual Take Three. He is also the author of a chapbook, The Genuine Negro Hero (Kent State University Press, 2001), and the forthcoming The Maverick Room (Graywolf 2005). An associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio) and a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency M.F.A. program (Cambridge, Mass.), he is currently compiling and editing Quotes Community: Notes for Black Poets.


Ellis read on Friday, October 7, 2005 at 2:00 p.m.


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