A New Englander who married and moved to the ranching West, Waterston grounds her writing in both of those cultural and geographic landscapes. Her award-winning essays, short stories and poems have been published in numerous journals and anthologies and reviews.
Ellen will deliver the keynote presentation, "A Poet's Camino - How Form Follows Function," at the Northwest Poets' Concord on May 3, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. The weekend event will be held at the Hallmark Inn and Resort, Newport, Ore. More information: www.poetsconcord.org.
Ellen's collection of essays Where the Crooked River Rises was published by OSU Press, Corvallis in September 2010. In this compelling collection of personal essays, award-winning poet and author Ellen Waterston illuminates the people, places and landscape of Central Oregon's vast high desert. To read reviews and order your copy of the book, click here. In June 2010, her poem Designed to Fly was read by Garrison Keillor (click to listen!) on Writer's Almanac. She is the 2008 winner of the Oregon Quarterly Essay Competition, the 2007 recipient of the national Obsidian Prize in Poetry awarded by the High Desert Journal and in 2007 was named an Honorary Distinguished Professor of Humane Letters by Oregon State University/Cascades Campus for her accomplishments in the literary arts.
Between Desert Seasons, a collection of her poetry, published December 2008 by Wordcraft of Oregon, was named the 2009 WILLA award winner. An earlier collection, I Am Madagascar won the WILLA Prize in Poetry in 2005. Her memoir, Then There Was No Mountain, Rowman and Littlefield publisher, was selected by the Oregonian as one of the top ten books in 2003, was a national Foreword and WILLA finalist, and earned her an appearance on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer. She is the author of two children’s books, Barney’s Joy and Tea At Miss Jean’s, Roberts Rinehart Publisher. Waterston is currently completing a novel.
In 2009, Waterston was awarded an Invidual Artist Fellowship. She received the 2003 Special Literary Fellowship for Women Writers given by Oregon’s Literary Arts, Inc. She is the recipient of nine writing residency fellowships, including a Sitka Center for Art & Ecology 2010 and 2011, and the 2009 Island Institute Residency.
A sought-after presenter, Waterston was the keynote speaker at Oregon State University-Cascades, Oregon English Teachers Association, Oregon Library Association, Oregon State Poetry Association, Trillium Family Services and CASA (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse).
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