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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  James Elledge  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1950 in Granite City, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Elledge was born in Granite City.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jim Elledge is an award-winning author and editor of twenty-two books, including a textbook on publishing, four anthologies on queer culture, and numerous poetry collections and chapbooks.He has been at Kennesaw State University in Georgia since 2006. Currently, he is the Director of the MA in Professional Writing Program and Specializes in Creative Writing & Queer Studies. Previously, he was a professor of English at Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois. He earned his PhD from the University of Illinois Chicago. Along with the books written below, he has also edited the book, ''Who's Yer Daddy? Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners'', with David Groff in 2012.

Published Works

  • James Dickey: A Bibliography, 1947-1974, Scarecrow Press, 1979
  • Various Envies, Poems, Copper Beach, 1989
  • Standing Between the Dead and the Living, Eastern Illinois University, 1992,
  • Real Things: An Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry, Indiana State University, 1999
  • Masquerade: Queer Poetry in America to the End of World War II, Indiana State University, 2004
  • A History of My Tattoo, Stonewall Publishing, 2006
  • Voices from a Darkened Room, BookSurge Publishing, 2007
  • The Book of the Heart Taken by Love, Woodland Editions, 2007
  • Queers in American Popular Culture, 3 vols., Praeger, 2010
  • H, Lethe Press, 2012
  • Henry Darger, Throwaway Boy: The Traffic Life of an Outsider Artist, Overlook Press, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

James Dickey :
ISBN: 0810812185. OCLC Number:

Scarecrow Press,. Metuchen, N.J. :. 1979.

Various envies :
ISBN: 0914278517. OCLC Number:

Copper Beech Press,. Providence, R.I. :. ©1989.

Real things :
ISBN: 0253212294. OCLC Number:

Indiana University Press,. Bloomington :. ©1999.

Masquerade :
ISBN: 0253216346. OCLC Number:

Indiana University Press,. Bloomington :. ©2004.

A comprehensive anthology of poetry by American gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons. It includes representative poems from more than 100 writers from pre-colonial times to the end of the Second World War. The anthology begins with selections of anonymous texts from the oral traditions of Hawaii and Native America, followed by voodoo chants and cowboy songs (with a few limericks thrown in for good measure). The selections are arranged by the year of the poet's birth and include samplings of poetry by a racially and ethnically diverse group of men and women. Contemporary readers will know the work of some of these poets, such as Gertrude Stein and Walt Whitman. Other poets, such as George Sanlayana and Adah Isaacs Menken, will be strangers to most. In all these poels created a rich heritage of verse that has been for the most part masked throughout the history of American literature.

A history of my tattoo :
ISBN: 0932616801. OCLC Number:

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From the rock-n-rollin' 60's and disco 70's into the closing moments of the twentieth century, A History of My Tattoo unflinchingly traces one man's experiences with the two greatest tragedies of recent U.S. history: the defeat of U.S. forces in Vietnam and the plague of HIV/AIDS. A History of My Tattoo is a book-length poem in ten parts that investigates the two major American tragedies of the late twentieth century--the defeat of U.S. forces in Vietnam and the plague of HIV/AIDS as witnessed by the volume's narrator. Its surrealistic terrain includes the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and the AIDS Memorial Quilt, is peopled by drag queens, soldiers, the homeless, and the narrator who has just been released from a psychiatric ward in an undisclosed city, and is haunted by the bells of a cathedral ringing in not just the new year but the new twenty-first century.



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