Reading by 2022-23 Walton Visiting Writer in Translation Ellen Doré Watson

Ellen Doré Watson, the 2022-23 Walton Visiting Writer in Translation.
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Ellen Doré Watson, the 2022-23 Walton Visiting Writer in Translation.

The U of AProgram in Creative Writing and Translation in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is proud to welcome literary translator and poet Ellen Doré Watson as its 2022-23 Walton Visiting Writer in Translation.

Watson will give a reading of her work at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Fayetteville Public Library.

More information about the free public event can be found on the library's website.

Hailed by Library Journal as one of "24 Poets for the 21st Century," Ellen Doré Watson's honors include a Rona Jaffe Writers Award, fellowships to Yaddo and MacDowell, a Zoland Poetry Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, and a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship.

Translator of a dozen volumes from Brazilian Portuguese, most notably the poems of Adélia Prado, including The Alphabet in the Park (Wesleyan University Press), Ex-Voto (Tupelo Press), and The Mystical Rose (Bloodaxe Books), which was short-listed for the 2015 Popescu European Translation Prize. She has also co-translated contemporary Palestinian and Iraqi poetry from the Arabic with Saadi Simawe.

Her poems and translations have appeared widely in journals, including American Poetry Review, Tin House, Orion, Field, Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, and The New Yorker. New Prado translations have recently appeared in Plume, Ploughshares, and The Nation. Watson teaches at the Colrain Manuscript Conference.

Each year, the Walton Visiting Writers series in the Program in Creative Writing and Translation brings esteemed authors in poetry, fiction and literary translation to the U of A to give free public readings and to work with graduate students in the creative writing M.F.A. program.

Past Walton Writers include Robin Becker, Idra Novey, Kate Briggs, Brandon Hobson, Rachel Mennies, Patrick Cottrell, and Sarah Gerard.

This event is made possible by the Program in Creative Writing and Translation, the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Walton Family Foundation, the Fayetteville Public Library and the James E. and Ellen Wadley Roper Professorship in Creative Writing.



Jane V. Blunschi, assistant director, Program in Creative Writing and Translation
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