Ellen Doré Watson

Poetry Center at Smith
Northampton, MA 01063
(413) 585-3368

Author's Bio

Ellen Doré Watson’s most recent book is DOGGED HEARTS (Tupelo Press, 2010). Earlier collections include THIS SHARPENING, also from Tupelo, and from Alice James, WE LIVE IN BODIES and LADDER MUSIC, winner of the N.E./N.Y. award. Among her honors are a Mass. Cultural Council Artists Grant, a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. Watson has translated a dozen books from the Brazilian Portuguese, including THE ALPHABET IN THE PARK: SELECTED POEMS OF ADELIA PRADO (Wesleyan University Press. She serves as Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College, poetry editor and translation editor of The Massachusetts Review, teaches on the faculty of the Colrain Manuscript Conference and the Drew University Low-Residency MFA program in poetry and translation, and currently she is serving a five-year term as an Elector of the Poet’s Corner, Cathedral of St. John the Divine.

Publications and Prizes

Broken Railings
(Owl Creek Press, 1997)
(Tupelo Press, 2010)
, Ladder Music
(Alice James Books, 2001)
, This Sharpening
(Tupelo Press, 2006)
, We Live in Bodies
(Alice James Books, 1997)
Morning Song
(St. Martin's Press, 2011)
, Motherhood
(Knopf, 2005)
, Night Out
(Milkweed Editions, 1997)
, Ravishing Dis-Unities
(Wesleyan University Press, 2000)
American Poetry Review, Boulevard, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, New Yorker
Prizes Won: 
Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award Alice James NY/NE Award (Gensler) Mass. Cultural Council Artist Grant Fellowships: MacDowell & Yaddo Zoland Poetry Award- VT Studio Cntr Green Lake Chapbook Prize Bullis-Kizer Prize - Poetry NW

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Glen Cove
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Plainview, NY
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Last updated: Jun 14, 2011