Ellen Hagan is a writer, performer, and educator. Her first collection of poetry, Crowned, was published by Sawyer House Press in 2010, and her new collection, Hemisphere, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press (spring 2015). Ellen’s poems and essays can be found in the pages of 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 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.
Ellen teaches topics including memoir, and poetry and nature, and co-leads the Alice Hoffman Young Writer’s Retreat at Adelphi University. She is Poetry Chair of the DreamYard Project and a regular guest artist at the Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts and Cold Spring Harbor Schools.
A proud Kentucky writer, Ellen is a member of the Affrilachian Poets and Conjure Women, and is co-founder of the girlstory collective. She lives with her husband and daughters in New York City.