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Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass

Ellen Bass
has inspired poets and writers for 45 years. Her books include Like a Beggar, The Human Line, and Mules of Love (poetry), and the groundbreaking The Courage to Heal. She teaches at Pacific University's MFA program.

The Writing Life

Mar 10 - 12, 2017 Begins in 1 month
with Ellen Bass

There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action. And because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. -Martha Graham



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