Ellen Doré Watson
Ellen Dore Watson (MFA, University of Massachusetts) is an American poet, translator and teacher. Her most recent volume of poems is Dogged Hearts. Her fifth collection, pray me stay eager, is forthcoming in 2017. Other books include This Sharpening, We Live in Bodies and Ladder Music, winner of the New England/New York award. 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 Artist 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 Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park: Selected Poems of Adélia Prado (Wesleyan University Press) and Ex Voto: Poems of Adélia 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.
Michael Waters (MFA, University of Iowa; PhD, Ohio University) has been lauded as being among the finest poets in his generation and has recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship. His numerous books of poetry include Celestial Joyride, Gospel Night, Darling Vulgarity and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems. His co-edited volumes include Contemporary American Poetry and Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali. The recipient of five Pushcart Prizes as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, he also served as chair of the Poetry Panel for the National Book Award. His poems have been published in countless journals, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Georgia Review and Rolling Stone. His latest collection The Dean of discipline published by the Pitt Poetry Series is due out in early in 2018.
Sean Nevin (MFA, Arizona State University) is the author of Oblivio Gate and A House That Falls. His honors include a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry, the Alsop Review Poetry Prize, the Katherine C. Turner Academy of American Poets University Prize and two fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, North American Review, JAMA and anthologies including Family Matters: Poems of Our Families, Beyond Forgetting: Prose and Poetry about Alzheimer’s andNew Voices: University and College Prizes 1998-2008. His poetry and interviews have recently been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated shows The Story with Dick Gordon and Speaking of Faith with Krista Tippett. He directs the MFA in Poetry and Poetry in Translation Program at Drew University.
Interval – Irish Poetry & Landscapes
Local poet Anne O’Connell and photographer Michael McCormick have produced a new book of landscape inspired poetry and images called Standing in the Footprints (2018). They propose to share excerpts from the book in an audio-visual display format as part of the MFA poetry night for students and guests. The photographs and pre-recorded readings of poetry are compiled into a slideshow for display at the poetry evening. The display will be briefly introduced by Dr. Emma Meehan; and a sample shown for the audience before the interval break. Attendees can then view the full display during the interval break, popping in and out with a drink as they wish. The proposed display will last 20 minutes, including introduction (5 minutes) and is the first official launch of the book, which is selling out at local bookshops including Liber in Sligo town. It will be available for sale at a discount and signed by the author at the end of the evening. The event will be of value for MFA students in showing how local landscapes which have been part of their field trips can inspire poetry and photography; as well as exploring innovative ways of sharing poetry in public forums.
Anne O’Connell is a poet living in Cliffoney, Co. Sligo. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in 2002. Her poems have been published in Cyphers, The Stinging Fly, and Aesthetica, amongst other publications. She was shortlisted for the Hennessy Award in 2000, and was a winner at Samhlaíocht Chiarraí and The Allingham Festival.
Michael McCormick was born in Coventry, England, although his mother was born in Sligo. Michael came to Sligo each summer to stay with his grandmother, and he came to live permanently in Sligo in 2000. His love of nature and technology brought him to photography. He produced an annual poetry and photography calendar from 2005-2014, with his images inspiring the writing of poets, all based around the landscapes of Sligo.
Emma Meehan is a Research Fellow in Dance at Coventry University. She is Anne O’Connell’s daughter and grew up in Drumcliffe, Co. Sligo. . She completed her BA and PhD at the Drama Department, Trinity College Dublin. She has recently co-edited Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Performance and Practice with Aoife McGrath (Palgrave 2018); and Performing Process; Sharing Dance and Chorographic Process (Intellect 2018) with Hetty Blades.