• Poetry Reading and Tea with the Poets

The English Department presents Barbara Ras and Ellen Dore Watson

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
Tea with the Poets at 6pm
Poetry Reading at 7pm
Poetry Center, Sawyer Library

Join acclaimed poets Barbara Ras and Ellen Dore Watson for an intimate evening of poetry sponsored by the English Department.

Barbara Ras was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and has lived in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Athens, Georgia. She is the author of One Hidden Stuff (Penguin 2006) and of Bite Every Sorrow (Louisiana State University Press 1998), which was selected by C.K. Williams for the Walt Whitman Award. Ras’ third book, The Last Skin, was published by Penguin in 2010. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. Ras has worked as a Senior Acquisitions Editor for the University of Georgia Press in Athens, and has taught at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. Currently she directs the Trinity University Press in San Antonio, Texas.

Ellen Dore Watson is the Director of the Poetry Center at Smith College. She is the author of We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music (Alice James, 2001 and 2002), as well as Broken Railings (Green Lake Chapbook Prize, Owl Creek Press, 1996). She is also the translator of twelve books from Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adélia Prado (Wesleyan University Press, 1990), and serves as Poetry Editor of The Massachusetts Review. In 2011, she was appointed an Elector of the Poets' Corner at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Among her awards and honors are the Bullis-Kizer Prize from Poetry Northwest, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, and a 1990 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant.

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