Ellen Doré Watson

Massachusetts, United States

Member Since: 08/18/2007

Ellen Dore Watson's most recent volume of poems is Dogged Hearts (Tupelo Press, 2010). Earlier collections include This Sharpening, also from Tupelo, and two from Alice James, We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York award. In 1998, Library Journal named her "One of 24 Poets for the 21st Century". Her work has appeared in APR, Tin House, Orion, Field, Ploughshares, and The New Yorker. Among her honors are a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, fellowships to the Yaddo and to the MacDowell Colony, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. She has translated over a dozen books from the Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adelia Prado (Wesleyan University Press) and Ex-Voto, a second book of Prado translations (Tupelo, 2013), as well as co-translating contemporary Arabic language poetry with Saadi Simawe.  Watson lives in Western Massachusetts, where she teaches and 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 (core faculty), and the Drew University Low-Residency MFA Program in Poetry and Translation.   

Website: www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/


  • Dogged Hearts , Tupelo Press (2010)
  • This Sharpening , Tupelo Press (2006)
  • We Live in Bodies , Alice James Books (1997)
  • The Alphabet in the Park: Poems of Adélia Prado , Wesleyan University Press (1990)
  • Ex-Voto: Poems of Adélia Prado , Tupelo Press (August 2013)


  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Translation(1984)
  • Zoland Poetry Award - Vermont Studio Center(2010)
  • Fellowship to the Macdowell Colony(2010)
  • Fellowship to Yaddo(2011)


  • Director at Poetry Center at Smith College (1999 - )
  • General Co-Editor, Poetry Editor, Translation Editor at The Massachusetts Review
  • Core Faculty at Drew Univ. MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation (2010 - )
  • Core Faculty at Colrain Manuscript Conferences (2007 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - Poetry from University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry