Press Releases


Date Released: 3/14/2007

The Creative Writing Program welcomes poet Thomas Sayers Ellis to campus on Thursday, March 15, when he will perform his work and answer questions beginning at 8 PM in the Port Creative Writing Center, Humanities 2026A, Durst Family Humanities Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Thomas Sayers Ellis was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He co-founded The Dark Room Collective in Cambridge, Mass. in 1988 and earned a M.F.A. from Brown University in 1995. His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Grand Street, Tin House, Ploughshares and The Best American Poetry, 1997 and 2001. In 2005 he was awarded a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award. His first full collection, The Maverick Room, was published by Graywolf Press in 2005 and awarded the 2006 John C. Zacharis First Book Award. He is also the author of The Good Junk (Take Three #1, Graywolf 1996); a chapbook The Genuine Negro Hero (Kent State University Press, 2001) and the chaplet Song On (WinteRed Press 2005).

An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, his Breakfast and Blackfist: Notes for Black Poets is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press, Poets on Poetry Series.