March 06, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Poet Ellen Dore Watson will give a reading from her works Tuesday, March 18, at 4 p.m. in the Smith Library of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The reading, which is free to the public, is part of the Stadler Center for Poetry's Writers Up Close series. The series includes a reading and an opportunity for discussion with the poet. The Smith Library is wheelchair-accessible.

Director of the poetry center at Smith College since 1999, Watson is co-editor of The Massachusetts Review, an independent literary journal.

Three books of poetry
She is the author of three books of poetry: This Sharpening; Ladder Music, 2001 winner of the New England/New York award from Alice James Books; and We Live in Bodies, which The Bloomsbury Review called "resonant with passion and emotional courage … at once irresistibly funny, moving, lighthearted, and grave."

Hailed by Library Journal as one of the "24 Poets for the 21st Century," Watson is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant, a Rona Jaffe Writers Writers' Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship for her work translating the poems of Brazilian poet Adélia Prado and Iraqi poet Saadi Simawe.

Critical acclaim
Poet and literary critic Robert Pinsky calls Watson "an eloquent, passionate poet…with the wonder of the childhood and a grown woman's comic sense. And her work has the quality of movement. Watson's poetry is the real thing."

"Ellen Doré Watson has the wonderful ability to translate idea, emotion and her keen view of the world into verbal energy and rich patterns of sound. Her poems bang about on the page and are a great pleasure to read," said poet and novelist Stephen Dobyns.

Other poets scheduled to read in the Stadler Center for Poetry's Writers Up Close series are Judith Hall on April 1 and Thom Ward on April 8. For more information, visit

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Posted March 6, 2008