Ellen is a poet, journalist and lecturer. Her prize-winning poetry is published by Templar and Carcanet Press and in many periodicals and magazines. She has taught at the University of St Andrews, City University and University College London. She lives in London where she’s a regular reviewer and interviewer for Poetry Review, Poetry London and POEM International Magazines. Previously Associate Lecturer at Bath Spa University, she now works as Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hull.

Ellen’s first collection of poetry, The Immortalist, was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Award for Best First Collection 2018.


“Poetry of wild imagination, charm and exuberance…full of arresting detail and panache…I was entranced…I have read entire books that burn with less passion than a few lines by Ellen Cranitch” – review, Poetry London, Autumn 2017.

“Poetry from a lucid and enquiring mind, equally at home in the prose poem as with rhyme and metre; the language is both inventive and controlled” – review, Poetry Ireland Review, 2018

“An important and haunting book”  – Bernard O’Donoghue.

Here is an interview with Ellen Cranitch from The Poetry School London >>