My name is Ellen Marie Garrity and I consider myself the bastard daughter of Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski. I am a mother, a poet, a teacher, an artist, a photographer, a seeker, a sapiosexual, an agnostic buddhist, a hiker, a craft beer enthusiast, an outdoor adventurer, a thrift store pillager, a flea market plunderer, and a chronic procrastinator. I have a knack at breaking the rules but only because I live outside the lines, to the right of the grid and around the corner from outlaw extraordinairre.
Thanks to some great high school teachers, I decided to major in English at Fitchburg State College in MA. Soon though, I felt the beckoning call of the west and hopped a Greyhound to San Diego, reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac along the way. I went to San Diego State University, continuing along with my English major. I focused on Creative Writing and was inspired by some of my well-known and published professors such as Marilyn Chin and Sandra Alcosser. Some of my poetic heroes are: William Blake, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, Ai, Sylvia Plath, Audre Lorde, Charles Bukowski and Pablo Neruda.
It took meeting another poet, who will remain anonymous, with raw, untamed talent to really bring my voice out. I will forever be grateful to him for that.