Angele Ellis

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Angele Ellis (14 October 1956 - )

A writer and community activist, Ellis was born in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of Rafic (Raff) Ellis and Loretta (Lorrie, née Ventiquattro) Ellis. Her father, Raff Ellis, a retired computer executive, is the author of a memoir, Kisses from a Distance (Cune Press, 2007), about the history of his Lebanese family and their emigration to the United States. Ellis is the oldest of five siblings. Rafaela Ellis is a teacher and author of a number of educational books and feature articles; Chris Ellis is a graphic artist and folk-pop musician (After the Apocalypse, cdbaby.com).

In 1979, Ellis received her B.A. in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she served as a writer and editor for The Pitt News. She graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

From 1979 to 1984, Ellis worked as a business and technical writer, as well as a freelance writer and academic editor.

In 1982, she married Mark J. Murphy (divorced 2004).

From 1984 to 1989, Ellis served as co-director of The Pittsburgh Peace Institute, organizing educational programming on issues of prejudice and nonviolence for adults and adolescents.

From 1984 to 1991, as a member of the River City Nonviolence Resistance Campaign, Ellis participated in a number of protests (including seven acts of civil disobedience) in re U.S. policy in Central America and South Africa, corporate involvement in nuclear weapons production, and Operation Desert Storm.

In 1997, Ellis published Dealing With Differences: Taking Action on Class, Race, Gender, and Disability (Corwin Press, 1997), a diversity workbook co-authored with Marilyn Llewellyn, a professor of education at Carlow University. Named as a top multicultural resource for the classroom by The Christian Science Monitor, the book is still in print.

In 2001, Ellis began publishing her poetry, which has appeared in Mizna, Grasslimb Journal, Encyclopedia Destructica, Rune, THEMA, Pittsburgh City Paper, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The New People, and the anthologies Come Together: Imagine Peace (Bottom Dog Press, 2008), and Voices from the Attic, Volume XIV (The Carlow University Press, 2008).

In 2007, Ellis published Arab on Radar (Six Gallery Press), a book of poems that explores, among other issues, her Arab-American heritage and identity. She was a prizewinner in the 2007 RAWI (Radius of Arab American Writers) Competition for Creative Prose for “Desert Storms.”

Ellis resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.