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Ellen S. Jaffe’s “Skinny-Dipping with the Muse” Selected as a Finalist for Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Poetry

Skinny-Dipping MuseWe are very proud to announce that Ellen S. Jaffe’s collection of poetry, Skinny-Dipping with the Muse has been selected as one of three finalists for the Hamilton Arts Council Literary Award for Poetry! Congratulations Ellen! For more information, visit the Hamilton Arts Council Website here.

Skinny-Dipping with the Muse is a collection that has been described by Heidi Greco as “flowers planted to remember those who have gone before…steeped in the importance of family. This book tracks a life – its losses, discoveries and joys”. It is grouped into four sections and relates to the writer’s experience of diving “into the destructive element”, naked, vulnerable, stripping off clothes, masks, and preconceptions in a process of connecting with the ‘creative spirit’ in a way that is playful, loving, emotionally rich and wet, care-full, and spontaneous.

Ellen S. Jaffe grew up in New York, came to Canada in 1979, and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. Skinny-Dipping with the Muse is her second poetry collection. Her previous books include her book of poetry Water Children, the young adult novel Feast of Lights, and Writing Your Way: Creating a Personal Journal. Her poetry, short fiction, and articles have appeared in journals and anthologies. Ellen currently teaches writing with “Learning/Living Through the Arts” and has received Artist-in-Education and writing grants from the Ontario Arts Council. She is Hamilton contributing editor of The Great Lakes Review.


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