Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, and educator. Her books include: Crowned, Hemisphere, Watch Us Rise, a YA collaboration with Renée Watson, Blooming Fiascoes, Reckless, Glorious, Girl and Don’t Call Me a Hurricane (YA novel in verse forthcoming from Bloomsbury, 2022.) Ellen's poems and essays can be found on ESPNW, Creative Nonfiction, Underwired Magazine, She Walks in Beauty (edited by Caroline Kennedy), Huizache, Small Batch, and Southern Sin. 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 2020 New York Foundation for the Arts fellowing in poetry, 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 in Louisville, Kentucky and Louisiana Arts Works. Ellen is Head of the Poetry & Theatre Departments at the DreamYard Project and directs their International Poetry Exchange Program with Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. She is on faculty in the low residency MFA program at Spalding University and 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 partner and children in New York City.
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When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, Ellen answered most dramatic - and I was!.
Other Fun Facts
- I played Rizzo in my senior class production of Grease in 1997! We had soooo much fun!
- I direct the International Poetry Exchange Program and work with students in the United States, Japan, Korea and the Philippines.
- I learned to swim when I was two years old and have never stopped loving being in water - pools or oceans or lakes or all!
- I have never met a food that I didn't like. I eat all and everything.
- I won a hula hoop contest at Tortilla Flats in New York City on my 23rd birthday.