Writer-in-Residence Thomas Sayers Ellis
March 13, 2014, 7 p.m.
DeMeester Recital Hall
Thomas Sayers Ellis is the author of two full-length poetry collections, The Maverick Room (Graywolf, 2005), for which he received a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers' Award and the 2006 John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems (Graywolf, 2010), which includes his own photographs. He is the author of The Good Junk, a chapbook, The Genuine Negro Hero, and the chaplet, Song On. His book Breakfast and Blackfist: Notes for Black Poets is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press. Ellis co-founded The Dark Room Collective in 1988, one of the most influential poetry communities of the 20th century. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Grand Street, Tin House, Ploughshares, and The Best American Poetry, and he is a contributing editor to Callaloo and Poets and Writers Magazine. As photographer, Ellis has collaborated with Elizabeth Alexander and The Poetry Foundation to create the virtual Washington, D.C. poetry tour. He is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and a faculty member of The Lesley University low-residency M.F.A. Program in Cambridge, MA.