Ellen Goldberg started writing seriously as a teenager to save her life. It worked, since she’s still alive and keeps writing and reading her poetry. She studied writing and radical political activism at Barnard College of Columbia University. Her first books were Naming: An Anthology of Eight Women, Rocking The Boat and Meeting Street. Besides writing, Ellen has taught poetry writing in the schools and community and organized poetry readings in Portland for many years, such as the Wayback and Of Course I’m a Feminist. She won the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize for her book, Each Perfect One (Seven Kitchens Press), is the editor of the chapbook, Of Course I’m a Feminist (The Poetry Box) and has been published in journals such as Calyx, Windfall, Gertrude, Silo, and Lyric Garden. Ellen is devoted to poetry for the way it combines politics, humor, beauty, and the victory of the human spirit again and again, line by line, against all odds.