Ellen Doré Watson

Ellen Doré Watson

Ellen Doré Watson is Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College and co-editor of The Massachusetts Review. Her most recent collection, Ladder Music, won the New York/New England Award from Alice James Books. Previous volumes include We Live in Bodies, also from Alice James, and a chapbook, Broken Railings, winner of the Green Lake Chapbook Poetry Prize from Owl Creek Press. Individual poems have appeared in The American Poetry ReviewTin HouseFieldBoulevardPloughshares, and The New Yorker, among many others. In 1998, Library Journal named her "One of 24 Poets for the 21st Century." Her honors include a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant, a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. Watson has nine books of translation in print, including The Alphabet in the Park, selected poems of Brazilian Adélia Prado (Wesleyan University Press), and she recently co-translated contemporary Palestinian and Iraqi poems with Saadi Simawe. In addition to conducting ongoing creative writing workshops and manuscript consultations in the Northampton area, Watson has traveled widely giving readings and workshops, as well as talks on writing, editing, and translation. She lives with her daughter in Conway, Massachusetts.

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