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Poets to Give Free Readings at Bowdoin College

Story posted April 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Two award-winning poets, Barbara Ras and Ellen Dor Watson, will read from their works on Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m. in Main Lounge, Moulton Union. The reading is open to the public free of charge.

Ras' first book of poems, "Bite Every Sorrow," has just won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. The Whitman Award is given annually to the best first volume of poems by an American poet. "Bite Every Sorrow" brings together poems previously published in such periodicals as The American Scholar, The Massachusetts Review, Orion, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi and Shenandoah.

Ras has been a principal editor at the University of California Press, a managing editor at North Point Press, editor in chief of Sierra Club Books, and is executive editor at The University of Georgia Press. She is particularly active in bringing American environmental literature to the public eye.

Watson has published two collections of her poems: "Broken Railings" (1994) and "We Live in Bodies" (1997). She is a translator of Spanish and Portuguese poetry and fiction and has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for her translation of the Brazilian poet Adlia Prado. Her own poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry Miscellany, Nimrod and Epos. She is managing editor of The Massachusetts Review.

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