The W-E Reading Series: This Sunday, featuring Ellen Bass


Ellen Bass, Gary Copeland Lilley, Jessica Greenbaum, and Bertha Rogers. 

I will be happy to send you the link to this program if you write me at:

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ONLY, here is the link to the Facebook event for November 15: 

NOTE: This is the Facebook link, NOT the link to the show on Sunday. See the link with the word “zoom” in it (above) to get into the event on Sunday. 

On Sunday, November 15 — 7 p.m. east coast; 4 p.m. west coast — W-E, Bicoastal Poets of the Pandemic and Beyond is excited to present Ellen Bass (Santa Cruz, California), Jessica Greenbaum (Brooklyn, New York), Gary Copeland Lilley (Port Townsend, Washington) and Bertha Rogers (Delhi, the Catskills, New York).

This event is a unique opportunity to hear four of America’s finest poets as we cross link many geographic poetry communities. For the zoom link, reach out to W-E hosts Susana H. Case and Lynn McGee (east coast) and William Mohr and Carolyne Wright (west coast). 
Please do not share the link in a public forum.We can’t wait to see you on November 15 as we celebrate these amazing poets. Stay safe and well. Keep reading, writing and whatever keeps you strong!

ELLEN BASS’s newest collection, Indigo, was published by Copper Canyon Press in April 2020. Her other poetry books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love. Her poems appear frequently in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, and many other journals. She coedited the first major anthology of women’s poetry, No More Masks! Among her awards are Fellowships from the NEA, the California Arts Council, three Pushcart Prizes, The Lambda Literary Award, The Pablo Neruda Prize, The Larry Levis Prize and the New Letters Prize. A Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Bass teaches in the MFA writing program at Pacific University. To purchase a copy of Indigo by Ellen Bass, visit learn more about Ellen Bass, visit


JESSICA GREENBAUM’s third book of poems, Spilled and Gone, received the Poetry Society of America’s Agnes Fay di Castagnola Prize in manuscript and came out from the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2019. Also a recipient of an NEA grant, she teaches inside and outside academia including recently at Barnard College, Brooklyn Poets, Central Synagogue, and will teach at Vassar this spring. She also teaches communities who have experienced trauma, most recently for Footsteps, the country’s only service agency for people who have left ultra-Orthodoxy, and for The Child Brain Tumor Foundation.  To purchase a copy of Spilled and Gone by Jessica Greenbaum, visit:
To learn more about Jessica Greenbaum, visit

GARY COPELAND LILLEY is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent being The Bushman’s Medicine Show (Lost Horse Press, 2017), and a chapbook, The Hog Killing (Blue Horse Press, 2018). Earlier poetry collections are Alpha Zulu (Ausable Press, 2008), Black Poem (Hollyridge Press, 2005), The Reprehensibles (Fractal Edge Press, 2004) and The Subsequent Blues (Four Way Books, 2004). Originally from Sandy Cross, North Carolina, Gary Copeland Lilley was a longtime resident of Washington, D.C., where he was a founding member of the Black Rooster Collective. He received the D.C. Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry in 1996 and again in 2000, and he earned a MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2002. He now lives, writes, teaches, and plays blues guitar in the Pacific Northwest. He is published in numerous anthologies and journals, and is a Cave Canem Fellow. To purchase a copy of The Bushman’s Medicine Show by Gary Copeland Lilley, visit:…/the-bushmans-medicine…/

BERTHA ROGERS is the author of Wild, Again (Salmon, 2019); Heart Turned Back (Salmon, 2011) and Sleeper, You Wake (Mellen, 1991). Her translation of Beowulf was published in 2000, and her translation and gorgeous, original illuminations of the riddle-poems in the thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon Exeter Book were published in the collection Uncommon Creatures in 2019. She co-founded Bright Hill Press & Literary Center of the Catskills in 1992, and although retired, continues to lead literary workshops and edit poetry collections for the Center. She lives on a mountain in New York’s western Catskills. To purchase copies of Wild, Again and & Uncommon Creatures, visit: 

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