Ellen Doré Watson’s most recent volume of poems is Dogged Hearts (Tupelo Press, 2010). Her other books 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. Her fifth collection, pray me stay eager, is forthcoming in 2017 from Alice James. Individual poems have appeared widely in literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, Tin House, and The New Yorker.  Among her honors are a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artists Grant, a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, fellowships to Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, the Zoland Poetry Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center, 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 Adélia Prado (Wesleyan University Press) and Ex Voto: Poems of Adelia Prado (Tupelo Press, 2013). She has also co-translated contemporary Arabic language poetry with Saadi Simawe.  Watson was hailed by Library Journal as one of “24 Poets for the 21st Century.” Watson lives in western Massachusetts, where she directs the Poetry Center at Smith College and serves as poetry and translation editor of The Massachusetts Review. She is also a core faculty member for the Colrain Manuscript Conference.