Ellen Doré Watson

Poet

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

Author's Bio

Ellen Doré Watson’s most recent book is PRAY ME STAY EAGER (Alice James 2018). Earlier collections include DOGGED HEARTS (Tupelo Press, 2010). 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.  Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College for some 20 years, she is currently Smith's Grace Hazard Conkling Visiting Poet. Watson also serves as poetry editor and translation editor of The Massachusetts Review, and teaches on the faculty of the Colrain Manuscript Conference and the Drew University Low-Residency MFA program in poetry and translation.

Writers Retreats: 

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
The Golden Shovel Anthology (University of Arkansas Press, 2017)
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Lit From Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books (Alice James Books, 2013)
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She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey through Poems (Hyperion Books, 2011)
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Morning Song (St. Martin's Press, 2011)
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AfterShocks (Sante Lucia Books, 2008)
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Motherhood (Knopf, 2005)
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Poetry Daily 366 (Sourcebooks, 2003)
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Ravishing Dis-Unities (Wesleyan University Press, 2000)
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Outsiders (Milkweed Editions, 1999)
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Night Out (Milkweed Editions, 1997)
Books:
pray me stay eager (Alice James Books, 2018)
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The Mystical Rose - poems by Adelia Prado (Bloodaxe Books, 2014)
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Ex-Voto - Poems by Adelia Prado (Tupelo Press, 2013)
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Dogged Hearts (Tupelo Press, 2010)
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This Sharpening (Tupelo Press, 2006)
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Never Before - Poems about First Experiences (Four Way Books, 2005)
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Ladder Music (Alice James Books, 2001)
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Broken Railings (Owl Creek Press, 1997)
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We Live in Bodies (Alice James Books, 1997)
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The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adelia Prado (Wesleyan University Press, 1994)
Prizes won: 

National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, Alice James NY/NE Award, Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant, Fellowships from MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Vermont Studio Center (Zoland Poetry Award), Green Lake Chapbook Prize, Bullis-Kizer Prize from Poetry Northwest  

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Adults
Fluent in: 
Portuguese
Born in: 
Glen Cove, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Plainview, NY
New York
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Last update: May 02, 2019