Ellen Kort

Ellen Kort (March 26, 1936 - April 21, 2015) was Wisconsin's first Poet Laureate, serving from 2001-2004. She was the author of 11 books and 8 collections of poetry, including If Death Were a Woman and There Is Something Ancient Here. Ellen's work has been featured in a variety of anthologies and incorporated architecturally in downtown Milwaukee's Midwest Express Center, the Green Bay Botanical Gardens and the Fox River Mall.  Ms. Kort's poetry has been performed by the New York City Dance Theatre and recorded on audio by Ellen Burstyn, Ed Asner and Alfre Woodard. Ellen used her skills as a poet and teacher to reach out to the community in numerous ways, teaching at local universities and schools and conducting writing workshops for at-risk teens, nurses, physicians and for survivors of cancer, AIDS and domestic abuse. Ellen was a guest on Wisconsin and National Public Radio and she traveled widely as a poet, speaker, and poetry workshop facilitator throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, the Bahamas, and Japan.

Poet Laureate Service Date: 

January, 2001 to December, 2004