Ellen Aronofsky Cole is a poet, actress, teaching artist and puppeteer. She teaches Physical Diagnoses at GW Medical School and role plays with medical students to help them hone their diagnostic and interpersonal skills. In recent years she has become interested in writing poems of medical narrative—poems that explore the experience of illness and care-giving.
Her publications include a chapbook, Prognoses, published by Finishing Line Press in 2011, which reflects on how her world was turned upside down by her diagnoses with a rare blood cancer. Other publications include poems in The Little Patuxent Review, District Lines, The Potomac Review, The Innisfree Poetry Journal, in the anthology, poem, home (Paper Kite Press, 2009), The Washington Post, Bogg:A Journal of Contemporary Writing, and Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine.
Cole has a MA in theatre from Catholic University and has taught creative writing and drama and performed in area theater. She’s been on the faculty at Round House Theatre, The Writer’s Center, Passion for Learning’s Young Writer’s Institute, and Interact Story Theatre. She enjoys performing her poems in front of an audience and has been a featured reader at many venues in the Washington area. Cole lives in Silver Spring, MD with her husband Brian, and a small feisty parrot named Haiku.