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Ella Longpre ’07

Alumnae Poet

Ella Longpre '07


Ella Longpre is the author of How to Keep You Alive (CCM 2017), named by Dennis Cooper as one of the best books of 2017, and to which Lidia Yuknavitch responded, "I've never read a book like this in my life and I love that so much I could scream." Longpre has also authored five chapbooks of their original poetry and prose, published by the Belladonna* Feminist Collaborative, Les Ecrits 9, The Lune, Awst, and Monkey Puzzle Press. Their work has been anthologized, translated into French, and has appeared in jubilat, la vague, blush lit, The Denver Quarterly, The Volta, elimae, Manifold Criticism, and other publications.

Winner of the 2013 Anne Waldman Fellowship at the Kerouac School, Ella has also received grants from the Région Occitanie Pyrénées Méditérranée, Boulder City Arts Council, and the University of Denver. She has taught creative writing classes at the University of Denver, Naropa Summer Writing Program, Putney School Summer Arts Program, the Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and the Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. They earned their Ph.D. in Creative Writing at the University of Denver and can be found in the woods.

Selected Poem

untitled (in memory of Tomaž Šalamun) 
link goes to the journal where the poem originally appeared.

About Ella

Ella's author site