Featured Poet

Ellen Waterston

Ellen Waterston’s poems have appeared in Naugatuck Review, Cadence of Hooves, Deer Drink the Moon, High Desert Journal, Ronde Dance and other reviews and anthologies.Her awards include the 2009 and 2005 WILLA Award in Poetry for her collections Between Desert Seasons and I Am Madagascar, respectively, and the 2007 Obsidian Prize in Poetry. Where The Crooked River Rises, a collection of Ellen Waterston’s award-winning essays, will be released in fall 2010 by OSU Press. Her memoir, Then There Was No Mountain, was rated one of the top ten books by the Oregonian in 2003. She has been awarded many writing residencies including the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology in 2010. She lives in Bend, Oregon where she is the director of The Nature of Words.

poems by Ellen Waterston

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"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."

-Academy of American Poets