Writing Ranch

PO Box 640
Bend, OR 97709
(541) 480-3933


Author Bio

Ellen Waterston is a literary arts advocate and award winning poet and author. Hotel Domilocos, her fourth book of poetry, was released April 2017 by Moonglade Press. In 2015 Waterston converted her third collection, the verse novel Vía Láctea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino, to a libretto which premiered as a full-length opera in 2016. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies and she is twice a WILLA Award Winner in Poetry and the winner of the Obsidian Prize in Poetry. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry. Prose titles include Where the Crooked River Rises, a collection of Waterston’s award-winning essays, and a memoir, Then There Was No Mountain, rated one of the top ten books of 2003 by the Oregonian and a WILLA and Foreword finalist. Her poetry and prose have garnered many grants, fellowships and residencies including from Oregon Arts Commission, Literary Arts, Fishtrap, Ucross, Caldera, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Sitka Center.

After eleven years as founder/director of The Nature of Words, a literary arts non-profit, she passed the baton in 2012 to focus on the Writing Ranch, the Waterston Desert Writing Prize and her writing. Founded by Waterston in 2000, the Writing Ranch offers writing workshops and retreats for emerging and established writers. The Waterston Desert Writing Prize, established in 2014, is awarded annually to nonfiction projects concerning deserts anywhere in the world. Waterston is at work on a nonfiction book titled High-Centered for the University of Washington Press, examining land use issues in the high desert. The book will be released in 2020. More info: www.writingranch.com.

After 18 months as Executive Director of PLAYA, an inspiring artists' and scientists' residency program on the shores of Summer Lake, Oregon, Waterston is back in Bend...writing, teaching and planning creative writing workshops. Look here for information about my upcoming "Writing Down the Baja" creative writing workshop. Tenth annual!


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