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Visiting Poet Elana Bell

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01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

The English/Philosophy Department, Creative Writing Program, and Creative Arts Committee are thrilled to announce that poet Elana Bell will "visit" campus this coming Monday, March 8, at 1 PM. 

Elana is the author of Mother Country, (BOA Editions 2020) a book of poems about motherhood, fertility, and mental illness. Her debut collection of poetry, Eyes, Stones (LSU Press 2012), received the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and brings her complex heritage as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors to consider the difficult question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Elana is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Jerome Foundation, the Edward Albee Foundation, and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Her writing has appeared in AGNI, Harvard Review, and the Massachusetts Review, among others.  She was an inaugural finalist for the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism, an award that recognizes and honors a poet who is doing innovative and transformative work at the intersection of poetry and social change. Elana teaches poetry to actors at the Juilliard School and sings with the Resistance Revival Chorus, a group of women activists and musicians committed to bringing joy and song to the resistance movement. 

Here is the link to the event and also to a special, pre-recorded reading that can be shared with students:

Zoom Link > https://monroecommu

Reading Link > Elana Bell - reading from Mother Country (

Please contact Maria Brandt at with any questions.

We hope to see you and your students there!

Elana Bell Poster.pdf

CONTACT: Maria Brandt at
SPONSOR: Creative Arts