Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Ellen Dore Watson

Events: Community Reading Series

Book: Dogged Hearts

Ellen Dore Watson’s fifth and most recent volume of poems is Dogged Hearts. Earlier books include This Sharpening, We Live in Bodies, and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York Award. Her journal appearances include APR, Tin House, Orion, Field, Ploughshares, and The New Yorker. Among her honors are a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant, a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship.

She has translated a dozen books from the Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adelia Prado, and also co-translates contemporary Arabic language poetry with Saadi Simawe.

Watson directs the Poetry Center at Smith College and serves as poetry and translation editor of the Massachusetts Review. Other teaching includes the Colrain Manuscript Conference, the Drew University Low-Residency MFA program in poetry and translation, and a generative writing workshop in Northampton.