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Ellen Watson is Director of the Poetry Center and Lecturer in the English Department, where she teaches Reading Contemporary Poetry. She holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, and has published three collections of poems, most recently Ladder Music, which won the 2000 New York/New England Award from Alice James Books. Her work has been published widely in journals, including The American Poetry Review and The New Yorker. She has also translated a dozen books from the Brazilian Portuguese, including The Alphabet in the Park, by Adélia Prado (for which she was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship) and serves as translation editor of The Massachusetts Review.