Member Profile

Ellen S. Jaffe

Jaffe
Photo: Jason Ransom 1998

Ellen grew up in New York City. After university, she lived in England for several years, where she studied child psychotherapy and travelled in the UK and Europe. She came to Canada in 1979, and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. In New York, she worked with a children's writing group led by the late poet June Jordan, and she has continued teaching writing to children, sometimes working with the Ontario Arts Council's "Artist in Education" program and with "Learning Through the Arts" (based at the Royal Conservatory of Music). Ellen also teaches writing workshops for adults. In addition to publishing poetry and fiction, she has adapted Margaret Laurence's novel for young people, Jason's Quest, into a play. She is active in "Poets for Peace," and co-organized Hamilton's "Celebration of Jewish Writers and Writing" in 2002; she will be participating in the Toronto and Hamilton Fringe Theatre Festivals, 2003.

Phone number:
905-308-7683

Publications

Water Children. Hamilton, ON: Mini Mocho Press, 2002.
Writing Your Way: Creating a Personal Journal. Toronto: Sumach Press, 2001.
Intricate Countries: women poets from earth to sky. Ed. Gertrude Lebans; co-editors Leslie Chin Douglass and Ellen Jaffe. Dundas, ON: artemis enterprises, 1996.
Apparitions: visions from the millennium. Co-editors and authors: Lesley Chin Douglass, Ellen Jaffe, and Gertrude Lebans. Dundas, ON: artemis enterprises, 1997.
Birthsongs. Woodstock, ON: Nethercott Press, 1992.

Awards

Hamilton & Region Arts Council, Non-Fiction Book Award for Writing Your Way: Creating a Personal Journal, 2002.
Tidepool Poetry Prize, 2000.
First Prize, Cambridge Writers Collective (Poetry), 2002.
Second Prize, Cambridge Writers Collective (Short Story), 2002.
Playwrights Recommenders' Grant from the Ontario Arts Council, 1990.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Presentation Length:
varies
Genre:
Poetry, Fiction
Grades:
2-8 & high school
Audience size:
varies
Northern OAC WITS:
No
One session:
$200
Two sessions:
$200
Three sessions:
$300
Four sessions:
$300
One session:
$100
Two sessions:
$100
Three sessions:
$150
Four sessions:
$150
GST:
GST not applicable