Ellen Waterston reads from Vía Láctea. Photo by Scott Nelson

Ellen Waterston's most recent title, Hotel Domilocos: Poems, is available now from Moonglade Press and on Amazon. This is her fourth volume of poetry.

Ellen Waterston, Founder and President, Writing Ranch

Ellen Waterston, Founder and President, Writing Ranch


About Author and Writing Ranch Founder, Ellen Waterston

Ellen Waterston is poet, author and literary arts advocate. Her upcoming nonfiction title, High-Centered: The Oregon Desert Trail as National Metaphor, will be published by the University of Washington Press in 2020. Hotel Domilocos: Poems, published by Moonglade Press, is her fourth volume of poetry. In 2015, she converted her verse novel, Vía Láctea: A Woman of a Certain Age Walks the Camino to a libretto, sung to a musical score by composer Rebecca Oswald. The verse novel, based on walking the Camino de Santiago in 2012, was premiered as an opera in Bend, Oregon's Tower Theatre, June 2016. Poetry awards include the WILLA for two previous collections and the Obsidian Prize for 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 finalist.

After eleven years as founder/director of The Nature of Words, a literary arts nonprofit, 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. The Waterston Desert Writing Prize, established in 2014, is awarded annually each June to nonfiction projects concerning deserts anywhere in the world. Waterston is completing a fifth collection of poetry.


Assorted Writings

  • Cold Snap, Fishtrap, Inc., 2011


Honors & Awards

Anthologies & Journals

Interviews & Audio

  • Waterston, Ellen. (2014, April 26). Ellen Waterston: Metaphormosis - Change Your Metaphor, Change Your Life. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/e8gh4Z294lA

  • Waterston, Ellen. Interview by Emily Harris. Think Out Loud. Oregon Public Broadcasting: 2 June 2011. Radio. Link.

  • Waterston, Ellen. Production by Katrina Sarson. Oregon Art Beat. Oregon Public Broadcasting: 27 Oct. 2011. Television. Link

  • Waterston, Ellen. Read by Garrison Keillor. The Writer's Almanac. American Public Media: 26 June 2010. Radio. Link.