Ellen Dore Watson, 37th Annual ODU Literary Festival

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Featured Participant

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Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

Author/Artist Bio

ELLEN DORÉ WATSON was hailed by Library Journal as one of "24 Poets for the 21st Century." Her collections of poetry include Ladder Music and We Live in Bodies (Alice James, 2001 and 2002), This Sharpening (Tupelo, 2006), and most recently Dogged Hearts (book and audio book: Tupelo, 2010). She has also translated a dozen books, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adelia Prado (Wesleyan University Press, 1990) and works by Brazilian poet Ignacio de Loyola Brandao as well as contemporary Arabic poetry (co-translated with Saadi Simawe). She is the Poetry and Translation Editor for The Massachusetts Review and the director of The Poetry Center at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Watson's poems have appeared widely in journals, including The American Poetry Review and The New Yorker. Among her awards and honors is the Bullis-Kizer Prize from Poetry Northwest, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and a 1990 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant. In 2011, she was appointed an Elector of the Poets' Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.


Watson read on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 12:30 p.m.


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