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General Information

Name:  James Elledge  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1950 in Granite City, Illinois

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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.

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Titles At Your Library

James Dickey: A Bibliography, 1947-1974 (The Scarecrow Author Bibliographies Series)
ISBN: 0810812185

Scarecrow Press. 1979

No descriptive material is available for this title.

Various Envies
ISBN: 0914278517

Copper Beech Press. 1989

Standing "between the dead and the living": The elegiac technique of Wilfred Owen's war poems (Research and review series)
ISBN: B0006P16RU

Eastern Illinois University. 1992

Real Things: An Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry
ISBN: 0253212294

Indiana University Press. 1999

What a great premise for an anthology! And it succeeds, both in its celebration of our crazy culture and its fascinating analysis, through the poems, of popular myths that have stood the test of time." ―Kliatt

In the past few decades, poetry about and around popular culture has become a very hip contemporary art form. Real Things is a collection of over 150 poems by more than 130 poets who themselves represent the cultural diversity of the United States. With subjects ranging from the influence of Mickey Mouse on child-raising to the relationship of Barbie to sex in America, from the societal effects of the movie Psycho to our fascination with dirty politics and Ralph Kramden, the poems in this anthology question and celebrate the attitudes that our society shares.

Masquerade: Queer Poetry in America to the End of World War II
ISBN: 0253216346

Indiana University Press. 2004

Masquerade is the most comprehensive anthology yet published of poetry by American gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered 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 Santayana and Adah Isaacs Menken, will be strangers to most. In all, these poets 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

Stonewall a division of BrickHouse Books. 2006

From the rock-n-rollin 60s and disco 70s 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 the twenty-first century.

Voices From a Darkened Room
ISBN: 1419673823

BookSurge Publishing. 2007



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