Sue Ellen Thompson

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Sue Ellen Thompson graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in English and went on to complete her M.A. at Middlebury's Bread Loaf School of English. Her first book of poems, This Body of Silk, won the Samuel French Morse Prize in 1986. Three more books, two of which were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and an anthology of contemporary American poetry appeared between 1995 and 2005. Her fifth and most recent volume, They (Turning Point Books, 2014), has been praised for its portrayal of how gender identity affects three generations of an American family.


Although Thompson worked for many years as a freelance lexicographer and writer of reference books, she has also taught poetry at Middlebury, Wesleyan University, Binghamton University, Central Connecticut State University, and the University of Delaware. Since moving from Mystic, CT to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2006, she has taught poetry workshops at The Writer's Center in Bethesda and Annapolis and served as a mentor to adult poets. She has given readings throughout New England, as well as at the National Arts Club in New York, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., the Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh, and Galway University in Ireland. She was the 1998 poet-in-residence at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH , and participated for 13 summers in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Vermont. In 2010 the Maryland Library Association selected her as the winner of its prestigious Maryland Author Award, which is given to a poet every four years for his or her body of work.

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