Charles Watts


Mount Pleasant, SC
South Carolina US

Author's Bio

Early in his career, Watts had an underground play (“Visigoths”) produced in Los Angeles, which led to scriptwriting contracts for several TV series, including “Kojack” and “Here Come the Brides.” He fled Hollywood, got an MFA in poetry, and went to Iran to teach literature at several Universities. For five years, he edited Seizure, a magazine of poetry and fiction. He has also been a cab driver, social worker, refugee worker in camps in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Costa Rica, and owner of a tour company. His poems and stories have been anthologized in “Road Poets,” “Adirondack Epiphanies,” “Schroon River Anthology,” “Northern Oracle,” and “Karma in the High Peaks,” which won the “People’s Choice Award” for best book of 2010 from the Adirondack Center for Writing. His poems won the Patricia and Emmett Robinson Prize (2015 - Poetry Society of South Carolina) and first place at the North Country Writers Festival twice. His books include “Cure Cottage” (five one-act plays), “Raptures” (short stories), “Waking Up in a Beautiful Room” (poems), and “The Road to Swat” (a chapbook of travel tales). He went back to teaching in 2010 and currently splits his time between Charleston, SC and Lake Placid, NY.


Publications & Prizes

Northern Oracle (Ra Press, 2019)
Schroon River Anthology (Ra Press, 2017)
Adirondack Epiphanies (Ra Press, 2016)
Road Poets (Ra Press, 2011)
Karma in the High Peaks (Ra Press, 2010)
Waking Up in a Beautiful Room (Ra Press, 2015)
Prizes won: 

"Karma in the High Peaks" Anthology, People's Choice Award, Adirondack Center for Writing; Patricia & Emmet Robinson Prize, Poetry Society of South Carolina; First place (twice), North Country Writer's Festival

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Pyote, TX
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