Ellen Doré Watson in May

Watson OutJThe Guilford Poets Guild presents poet Ellen Doré Watson for their Second Thursday Poetry Series event on Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m. at the Greene Art Gallery, 29 Whitfield in Guilford. The reading will be preceded by an open mic from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson’s fourth and most recent book 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. Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Tin House, Orion, and The New Yorker. Among her honors are a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, fellowships to the MacDowell Colony and to Yaddo, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship. Her best-known work of translation is The Alphabet in the Park, by Brazilian Adélia Prado; Ex-Voto, a second Prado book, is forthcoming in 2013. 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 also teaches in the Drew University Low-Residency MFA Program in Poetry and Translation.

The reading is free and open to the public.  Refreshments are served.  For more information call 453-8836.

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