Elissa Ball is punk. She’s a poet, a friend, a performer, a tarot reader, a show-goer, a punner, a tweeter, riotgrrl, a modern feminist. Elissa’s art incorporates references from love and spit to bike rides and Lisa Simpson. Her punchy, pulsy observations inspire both anxiety and exhileration.
You can not ignore her edgy, collective truths about human uncertainty. Her first collection of poetry, The Punks are Writing Love Songs, put out by Blue Begonia Press, was published in July 2012. Elissa is a Washington child. She grew up in the conservative Yakima, where she was the only “weirdo” vegan. Unable to resist the pull of punk and grunge in the more liberal cities, she made her way over to the west side. She studied writing and literature at Evergreen State College and graduated from Fairhaven College in 2006. Elissa gained momentum performing her poetry at art centers, colleges, bookstores, basements, galleries.
Me met Elissa at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, one of the places she considers her office. She did a beautiful private reading for us in front of a huge pink rhododendron. Elissa keeps an inspiring and extensive list of personal and iconic women role models at her tumblr, strongfemaleleads.tumblr.com. It’s a hell of a lot of fun to look at, and there I’ve discovered some important people I didn’t even know existed. Show it to your little sisters and friends! Her book is available at Open Books in Wallingford.