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Ellen Doré Watson

Ellen Doré Watson, American poet, translator. Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Massachusetts. Recipient Bullis-Kizer prize Poetry Northwest, 1995, Writers award Rona Jaffe Foundation, 1997, Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist grant, 1998. Member American Literature Translators Association (executive board 1989-1992), Academy American Poets, Northeastern Association Brazilianists (secretary-treasurer 1987-1989).

Background

  • Watson, Ellen Doré was born on January 14, 1950 in Glen Cove, New York, United States. Daughter of James Charles and Marion (Doré) Watson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in English, University Massachusetts, 1974. Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, University Massachusetts, 1979.

    Career

    • Freelancer, since 1981. Translation editor, managing editor Massachusetts Review, Amherst, since 1993, poetry editor, since 2004. Director Poetry Center, Smith College, since 1999.

      Leader creative writing workshops, Northampton, Massachusetts, since 1993. Emergency Medical Technician Conway (Massachusetts) Ambulance Service, 1990-1999.

    Major achievements

    • Certified Emergency Medical Technician, Massachusetts.

    Works

    • Ladder Music
    • The jazzy, lyric poems in Ladder Music carry the reader through familiar territory, but the recognizable terrain of love, work, and family are transformed by Ellen Doré Watson’s sensuous ebullience.
    • We Live in Bodies
    • "You will close this book exhilarated by its quirky, passionate poems and grateful for its huge heart fired and fed by a prodigious imagination.
    • Author: We Live in Bodies, 1997, Broken Railings, 1997 (Green Lake Chapbook prize 1997), Ladder Music, 2001. Translator: The Alphabet in the Park, 1990 (National Endowment Arts Translation grant 1984), The Tree of the Seventh Heaven, 1994. Director (poetry series) Readers & Writers, Live!, since 1994.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Democrat

    Membership

    Member American Literature Translators Association (executive board 1989-1992), Academy American Poets, Northeastern Association Brazilianists (secretary-treasurer 1987-1989).

    Connections

    • Married Paul R. Jenkins, July 9, 1977 (divorced 1999). Children: Eve Benda, Adelia.
    • father: James Charles Watson
    • mother: Marion (Doré) Watson
    • spouse: Paul R. Jenkins
    • children: Eve Benda Watson
    • Adelia Watson
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    Born January 14, 1950
    (age 67)
    Nationality
    • 1974
      University Massachusetts
    • 1979
      University Massachusetts
    • 1981
      Freelancer
    • 1993
      translation editor
      Amherst, Ohio, United States
    • 1999
      director, Poetry Center
    • 2004
      translation editor