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Jim Elledge

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Jim Elledge’s individual poems have been published in, or accepted for publication, by Jubilat, American Letters & Commentary, ElevenEleven, Five Fingers Review, Margie, Indiana Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Washington Square and others. He is the Director of the M.A. in Professional Writing Program at Kennesaw State University. and also directs Thorngate Road, a press devoted to queer poetry.
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Myths from the Arapaho to the Zuni: An Anthology (American Indian Studies, V. 13) (2002)

  • Real Things: An Anthology of Popular Culture in American Poetry (1999), edited with Susan Swartwout
    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.

  • Sweet Nothings: An Anthology of Rock and Roll in American Poetry (1994)

  • No one should be surprised that rock and roll music turns up in the work of many of the Baby-Boom poets, where it conjures up poignant memories, evokes a specific mood, or haunts the poets' psychic landscape. Arranged in a loosely thematic manner, the 125 poems in Sweet Nothings mirror the varied forms of rock and roll, mimic its sounds, bask in its innocence, draw inspiration from its rebelliousness. For this collection Jim Elledge has gathered works by 79 poets, among them some of the most highly regarded poets of our time: Frank O'Hara, Joyce Carol Oates, David Wojahn, Thom Gunn, Rita Dove, Lynda Hull, Albert Goldbarth, Lisel Mueller, Yusef Komunyakaa, Gary Soto, William Matthews. In the final section of the book the poets comment on the relationship between their works and rock and roll.
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  • Queers in American Popular Culture (October 31, 2010 release)
    The virtually unknown existence of gay, bisexual, and queer men and women in American popular culture from the late 1800s through the present day is a fascinating topic for many readers, regardless of their own orientation. Whether it's the father of bodybuilding, famous closeted entertainers or sports stars, or the leading characters in current television shows and films, queer men and women have changed the face of American popular culture and society for over a century. Ironically, most of the fascinating information, anecdotes, and revealing facts about well-known figures in American culture are virtually unknown to the typical U.S. citizen.

    Elledge's Queers in American Popular Culture covers a wide variety of historical and current topics that documents how the queer community has been—and continues to be—one of the most significant shapers of American popular culture. Currently, no other book covers queer topics in American popular culture as broadly as this text.

  • H (Future release)
    A collection of prose poems that is an "imagistic biography" of outsider artist Henry Darger.

  • The Book of the Heart Taken by Love: 19 Selections (Recent release, undated)
    A biography in prose poems to be available from Five Finger Press: Woodland Editions.

  • A History of My Tattoo (2006) --- Winner, 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Poetry; Nominated Thom Gunn Award in Gay Poetry
    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 AIDS/HIV.

    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
    AIDS/HIV 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.

  • Masquerade: Queer Poetry in America to the End of World War II (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.

  • Into the Arms of the Universe (1995)

  • Earth As It Is (1994)
    The poems in this collection celebrate our planet and its population from a variety of perspectives.

  • Standing "between the dead and the living": The elegiac technique of Wilfred Owen's war poems (1992)

  • Various Envies: Poems (1989)

  • Homemade (1985)

See also:
  • Biography - Jim Elledge (2007)
    An article from: Contemporary Authors Online by Gale Reference Team, Digital -- HTML

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