Liz Ahl

English Department, MSC #40
Plymouth State University
Plymouth, NH 03264
(603) 535-2595


Ph.D., 2001, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), English
M.F.A., 1995, University of Pittsburgh, Creative Writing (Poetry)
B.F.A., 1992, Emerson College, Creative Writing


2001 – present: Professor of English, Plymouth State University
2006 – 2012: Chair, English Department, Plymouth State University



Beating the Bounds 2017, Hobblebush Books


Home Economics (2016, Seven Kitchens Press)
Talking About the Weather (2012, Seven Kitchens Press)
Luck (2010, Pecan Grove Press)
A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, winner of the 2008 Slapering Hol poetry chapbook prize, published in 2008 by Slapering Hol Press
On The Avenue of Eternal Peace, 2003, Lyra Press (Chapbook, limited hand-bound and artist-signed edition of 30)

Selected Publications in Poetry, Literary Journals

*nominated by editors for a Pushcart Prize

“A Nest in the Palm of Your Hand,” forthcoming in Lavender Review

“Empty” and “Good Housekeeping,” forthcoming in One Art

“Watching the Blood Moon,” forthcoming in Limp Wrist

“Preservation,” forthcoming in Able Muse

Prayer Against Healing,” in the New Verse News, July 22, 2021

Conjunctions, 2020,” in Transition: Poems in the Afterglow, an online project of Indolent Books, December 22, 2020

On the Eve of Social Distancing,” in What Rough Beast (COVID-19 edition), an online project of Indolent Books, June 4, 2020

“Ambush,” in Naugatuck River Review, No 23, January 2020

“Amnesia at the Cash Tables” and “Home Game,” in Nimrod (“Words at Play”), Spring 2020
(Video of Liz reading “Home Game” – text of poem in comments)

“My Father’s Hat,” in Prairie Schooner, Winter 2019 (Vol. 93 No. 4)

“When to Eat the Peach,” in Crab Orchard Review Vol. 24, No. 2 (December 2019)           https://issuu.com/craborchardreview/docs/book_24_2c2__1_

“Aquarium, February,” in American Life in Poetry (weekly syndicated poetry  column curated by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser), February 2019

“Putting the Flowers Out,” in Atticus Review, January 2019 https://atticusreview.org/putting-the-flowers-out/

“Hunger,” in Barrelhouse Online feature “Tribute to Anthony Bourdain,” September 2018.    https://www.barrelhousemag.com/onlinelit/2018/8/20/hunger

“Water on the Moon,” forthcoming in Slipstream, No. 38, Fall 2018

“Man Walks 20 Miles to First Day of Work, CEO Gifts Him Car as Thanks,” in The New Verse News, July 19, 2018  https://newversenews.blogspot.com/2018/07/man-walks-20-miles-to-first-day-of-work.html

When She Comes Home From Camp,” in Lavender Review, June 2018

“Rift,” “Shearing,” “Ultrasound,” “Extraction,” and “Home from Traveling,” in Sinister Wisdom (No. 106), Fall 2017

Evangelical Pastors Lay Hands On Donald Trump In The Oval Office, July 12, 2017,” in What Rough Beast, an online project of Indolent Books, September 17, 2017

Ortho” in The Good Men Project, August 2017

My Father’s Tools,” in The Good Men Project, June 2017

“Beating the Bounds,” Nimrod (Vol 59, No 2), Spring/Summer 2017

Defending the Constitution,” featured poem in What Rough Beast, an online project of Indolent Books, April 28, 2017

Fake Ghazal,” featured poem in What Rough Beast, an online project of Indolent Books, March 6, 2017

“About Suffering” and “Lake Michigan is So Clear Right Now…” Atlanta Review (Vol 23, No. 1), Fall 2016

“Braid,” “At the Pool Hall,” and “Scansion, Able Muse No. 22, Winter 2016

“Playa,” Measure (11.1) 2016

“Saturn V,” “The Radium Girls,” and “The Radiators in Ellen Reed House,”       Rappahannock Review (Issue 3.3, August 2016)

“Juarez: Sugar for the Narco-Saints,” Cutthroat (21), Summer 2016

“Suicide Jacket,” in River Styx #96, Summer 2016

“Transfer Station,” Nimrod (Vol. 65, No. 2) Spring/Summer 2016

“Snow Fort,” Panoply, Issue 3, May 2016 https://panoplyzine.com/snow-fort-liz-ahl/

“Elizabeth Ann,” “Proof,” “Why I Play Poker,” “I Invented This Rain,” “Washing the Money,” and “Portent,” A Dozen Nothing (by invitation of editors), May 2016 https://adozennothing.com/2016/05/01/liz-ahl-may-2016/

“Water Cycle,” Bloom, No. 10, April 2016

“Paris Green,” “Re-Entry,” “Ian,” “The Great Attractor,” “Broken Sapphics,” “Life of the Party, and “Groovy Owl Revival,”  Adrienne, Issue 6, February 2016

“In the Poker Room” in Panoply Issue 2, January 2016 http://panoplyzine.com/in-the-poker-room-liz-ahl/

“Aretha Drops Her Fur Coat To The Stage,” in Spiraling, the Paris Press blog, January 1, 2016 http://www.parispress.org/blog/2015/12/31/Spiralingspiraling-poetry-liz-ahl

“Bourbon at Midlife,” Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, October 2015

Everything She Can’t See,” Rappahannock Review, Issue 2.3, Fall 2015

“Empire, 1970,” Ecotone, Vol. 10, No. 2, Spring 2015

“Compliance,” in Tidal Basin Review(Winter 2015)

“Dinner Party,” in Little Patuxent Review (No. 17, Winter 2015)

“Walnut,” “Travel Alarm Clock,” and “From Your Grandmother’s Steamer Trunk, A Wooden Ruler from the Temperance League of Nebraska, Inc.,” in Pea River Journal (Fall 2014)

“D.B. Cooper’s Last Cigarette” and “Skull Discovered in Nebraska Almost Certainly Not D.B. Cooper’s,” in museum of americana, No. 6, August 2014 (http://themuseumofamericana.net/current-issue/poetry/two-poems-by-liz-ahl/)

“The Thaw” and “The Paper House,” forthcoming in Measure (Vol. 8, No. 1)

“The E-mail’s Down,” “Medusa, On Winter,” “The Classics,” and “My Papers,” in Mezzo Cammin, January 2014 (Vol. 8, No. 2)

*”Buoyancy,” in Conclave, December 2013 (Issue 6)

“The Last Grapefruit,” “Appetites,” “On the Locksmith’s Retirement,” and “Four Birds on Thursday,” in OVS, Winter 2013 (February 2013)

“Strung,” in String Poet, Vol. II, Issue 2 (http://www.stringpoet.com/2012/12/4-liz-ahl/)

“After the Fog,”  Crab Orchard Review, 17:2, Summer/Fall 2012

“Splitting the Heartwood,” Measure, 6:2, 2012

“Lost Spaces,”  Hayden’s Ferry Review, #50, April 2012

“Mississippi Hymn,” in Iron Horse Literary Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, April 2011

“Trajectories” and “The Conjugations of Light,” in Vol. 13, No. 2 & 3, Winter 2010, Salt River Review

“February 29,” BigCityLit.com, Fall 2009  (http://www.bigcitylit.com/bigcitylit.php?inc=fall09/poetry/ahl)

“Dress Code” and “Luck,” The Same, Volume 8, No. 1, Winter/Spring 2009

“War Shortages,” The November 3rd Club, March 2008

“First Chest Pain,” “On The First Date,” and “How The World Will End,” Einstein’s Tongue, February 2008 (www.einsteinstongue.com)

“Landing It,” North American Review, Vol. 292, No. 5, Sep/Oct 2007

“Hunger,” Alimentum, Issue 4, Summer 2007

“Tides,” “Bully,” and “Flight Distance,” Prairie Schooner, Vol. 81, No. 2, Summer 2007

“Intertidal” and “On the 13th Annual July 4 Reading of Song of Myself,” The Women’s Review of Books, Volume 24, Issue 2, March/April 2007

“You Pantoum,” Court Green, Volume 4, 2007

“Black Box,” Margie, Volume 5, 2006

“Famous Trainer Drowned by Killer Whale,” 5AM, Issue #25, Fall 2006

“By Stars,” White Pelican Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2006

“All-In” and “October Blizzard,” Four Corners, Number 3, Spring 2006

“Inshallah” and “Styx Concert,” Crab Orchard Review, Fall 2005

“Living With Squirrels,” “Before and After,” and “The Bat in the Dorm Room,” Acts of  Emancipation (Plymouth Writers’ Group), Fall 2005

“The Art Student Listens to the Song of the Saw,” Clackamas Literary Review, Vol. VIII, 2004

“Translation,” River Styx, No. 67, 2004

“Dylan Plugs in at Newport” and “Airport Cafe,” 5AM, #19, Fall 2003

“Yard Sale,” Lost And Found, (Plymouth Writers’ Group), Fall 2003

“Prescribed Burns,” “The Thousand,” and “The New Light,” Prairie Schooner, Vol. 77, No. 3, Fall 2003

*“Signs, Spring,” Isotope (formerly Petroglyph), V.1, No. 1, Summer 2003

“The Cat,” Northern New England Review, Vol. 24, Issues 1 & 2 (double issue), 2002

“Defining Moment,” Love and Trouble, (Plymouth Writers’ Group) Summer 2002

“When We Smoked” and “Commerce,” The Women’s Review of Books, April 2002

“The Imperfect,” Writing on the Edge, Spring/Summer 2002

*“The Dominant Eye” and “On The Avenue of Eternal Peace,” HEArt Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 1, Fall 2001

“Blue Weekend,” The Laurel Review, Vol. 35, No. 1, Winter/Spring 2001

“Who Do You Drive For,” Exit 13, Number 9, 2000

“Ammo,” Slipstream, Number 20, 2000

“Dobro,” Crab Orchard Review, Vol. 5, No. 2, Spring/Summer 2000

“Signs,” The Formalist, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2000

“Poetry Barbie,” “Five Minutes into Teaching, The Robitussin Kicks In,” “Love in the Academy,” and “Depth Perception,” Writing on the Edge, Vol. 10, Number 1, Fall/Winter 1999

“On the Theft of Man In The Open Air,” The Heartlands Today, November 1999

“Laser Tag Barbie,” Astarte, Number 6, Summer 1999

“The Drunks,” Poetry Motel, Number 27, Summer 1999

“Ars Poetica,” The American Voice, Number 39, Summer 1999

*“Hesitation,” Ascent, Vol. 23, No. 1, Fall 1998

“Dear Jim, I’ve Moved to Lincoln, Nebraska,” 5AM, Issue #10, 1998

“Gator Tooth Blues,” Sundog, Vol. 18, No. 2, 1998

“Wrong,” “Confusing Pittsburgh With Spring,” The Heartlands Today, November 1997

“Rain Dances,” “Red Sky At Night,” The Lincoln Review, Fall 1997

“Harry Does The Electric Slide,” Slipstream, Spring 1997

“To Aphra Behn,” Hawaii Pacific Review: The Best of a Decade, 1986-1996, Spring 1997

“A History of Beer,” “I Am The Teacher,” Ziegler Boy, Spring 1997

“First Lesson,” “Sampaguita,” Pudding Magazine, #31, September 1996

“First Car,” “To Aphra Behn,” Hawaii Pacific Review, #10, September 1996

“On A Volume of Milton Inscribed by My Father,” Southern Poetry Review, Winter 1995

“Wacky Couple Names Their Daughter Axehandle,” Poetry Motel Wallpaper Series, 1994

“Crib Notes for the Palmist,” Exit 13, #7, 1995

“Nothing But These Bodies,” “After Vesuvius,” “Frozen In,” The Pittsburgh Quarterly,   Vol. 4, No. 4, Fall 1994/Winter 1995

“Work,” Iris: A Journal About Women, No. 32, Winter 1994

“In The Darkroom,” “New Strings,” Earth’s Daughters, Issue 43/44

“Ritual: Spring Cleaning,” Sistersong: Women Across Cultures, Vol. 2, No. 2

“Lunar Eclipse,” Calliope, Vol. 17, No. 2

“Cardenal Reads at the University of Pittsburgh,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 1994

Poetry Published in Anthologies

“I Remember the Future,” in COVID Spring: Granite State Pandemic Poems, (Hobblebush Books, September 2020)

“Research Paper” and “At the Laundromat,” in Show Us Your Papers (anthology, Main Street Rag publishing, September 2020)

“Chickens,” in Lunation: A Good Fat Anthology of 114 Women Poets (Good Fat, 2019)

“Dylan Plugs in at Newport,” in Visiting Bob (New Rivers Press, 2018)

“Playing Poker While Female,” Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017)

“Artists at the Mint Bar,” in Double Kiss: Contemporary Writers on the Art of Billiards (Mammoth Books, 2017)

“Others Carried Milk,” in If You Can Hear This: Poems in Protest of an American Inauguration, Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017

“Setting Type” in Poet Showcase: An Anthology of New Hampshire Poets, Hobblebush Books, 2015

“Electric Homework” and “Eavesdropping on the Environmental Biologists,” in This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013)

“Failed Meditation,” in Moments of the Soul: Poems of Meditation and Mindfulness by Writers of Every Faith (Spirit First, 2010)

“Submariner,” in A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry (University of Akron Press, 2012)

“The Bear,” The 2010 Poet’s Guide to New Hampshire: More Places, More Poets (Poetry Society of  New Hampshire, 2009)

“Walter Cronkite Takes Off His Glasses,” The Other Side of Sorrow March 2006

“Defining Moment,” in Red, White and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America, University of Iowa Press, 2004

“Moon, Come Back, I Still Love You,” in Mischief, Caprice, and Other Poetic Strategies, Red Hen Press, 2004

“Monster Truck,” “Speed Demon,” “Spring Snowstorm” and “The Picassos” in Times of  Sorrow, Times of Grace, the Backwaters Press, 2002

“Ammo,” in Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence, University of Iowa Press, 2002

Juried Gallery Shows/Art Collaborations

Contributor, “Person of Interest,” opening January 2019, Museum of the White Mountains, Plymouth, NH

Co-Curator and Contributor, “Finding Place on Paper: Contemporary Poets and Printmakers Explore the White Mountains,” at the Museum of the White Mountains, October-December, 2016

“Sediments, Sequences and Solitude: Artworks and Poetry from 2011-2015 Playa Artists in Residence,” Hallie Brown Ford Gallery, Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR, Jan 15-March 11, 2016; Atelier 6000, Bend, OR, April 1-30, 3016; World Forestry Center, Portland, OR, July 28-Sep 25, 2016. (Poem: “Playa,” included in show and in catalogue)

“Fantasy Worlds,” Galletly Gallery, New Hampton School, New Hampton, NH, October 2010 (poetry/artwork collaboration with artist Elizabeth D’Amico)

“Shine,” Northeast Chapters of the Women’s Caucus for Art, Bromfield Gallery, Boston, MA, August 4-28, 2010 (poetry/artwork collaboration with artist Elizabeth D’Amico)

“Fairy Tales, Myths, and Legends,” AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH, September 2009 (poetry/artwork collaboration with artist Elizabeth D’Amico, including poems “Hunger,” “Siren,” “(Re)Creation Myth,” and “Failed Meditation.”)

Reviews and Other Prose Publications

“Finding Poetic Inspiration in Reference Texts,” NHWP Newsletter, Spring 2012

 Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, edited by Marjorie Maddox and Jerry Wemple, Western Pennsylvania History Magazine, Winter/Spring 2007 (Review)

“Plunging into the Current: Boneshaker (poems) by Jan Beatty,” HEArt Quarterly, Vol. 5, No. 3, Spring 2002 (Review)

From the Ground Up: Thirty Sonnets by Roy Scheele, Grassroots Nebraska, December 2000 (Review)

A Protocol for Touch by Constance Merritt and Field Guide to the Ineffable: Poems on Marcel Duchamp by Grace Bauer, Grassroots Nebraska, April 2000  (Review) (Untitled)

“The (Dis)order of Perception: Cubist Action in William Carlos Williams’ Poetry,” Image and Text: American Creativity and the Relationship Between Writing and The Visual Arts, Wichita State University, January 2000 (published in conference proceedings)

Invited Readings

Writers Association of Northern Appalachia “WANA Live” reading series (online) May 27, 2021

Conversations with Granite State Poets,” with Martha Carlson-Bradley, sponsored by Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord NH, (online) April 12, 2021

In Our Own Write: A Reading & Conversation with Liz Ahl & Jeff Oaks, March 25, 2021 (online)

Show Us Your Papers” anthology, virtual reading by various contributors, sponsored by White Whale Book Store of Pittsburgh, PA, Friday, January 29, 2021

Reading with Josh Nicholaisen, Holderness Public Library, Thursday, March 5, 2020

Central New Hampshire Writing Circle Open Mic, True Brew Barista, Concord, NH, February 15, 2020

Poetry Bridging Continents IV, Reading with visiting Chinese poets, AMC Highland Center,

Bretton Woods, NH, October 31, 2019

Plymouth State University Alumni Association “Lunch and Learn” on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, October 2019

Holderness Public Library, “Moon Shot” (reading to commemorate 50th anniversary of the moon landing), July 17, 2019

“Poetry Spoken Here” Podcast, Interview and Reading, December 2018

Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem, MA, group reading from (and discussion of) Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, May 5, 2018

Smyth Public Library, Candia, NH, reading with Martha Carlson-Bradley, April 11, 2018

Collected Poets Reading Series, Mocha Maya’s, Shelburne Falls, MA, April 5, 2018

Mad River Coffee House, Campton, NH, reading with Paul Rogalus, March 30, 2018

Radio Interview/Reading on “The Bookshelf” with Peter Biello, New Hampshire Public Radio, March 30, 2018

Davis Public Library, Stoddard, NH, reading with Martha Carlson-Bradley, March 24, 2018

Café Muse Reading Series, Chevy Chase, MD, reading with David Keplinger, March 19, 2018

Olivia Rodham Memorial Library, Nelson, NH, reading with Martha Carlson-Bradley, March 10, 2018

Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, NH, reading with Martha Carlson-Bradley, March 3, 2018

Fuller Public Library, Hillsboro, NH, reading with Martha Carlson-Bradley, February 27, 2018

Porter Square Books, Cambridge MA, Group reading for Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse, February 23, 2018

Toadstool Bookstore, Keene NH, February 17, 2018

Lincoln (NH) Public Library, reading with Martha Carlson-Bradley, February 16, 2018

Haunting Whisper Vineyard & Spirits, “Local Wines, Local Poets” reading with Suzanne Marshall, November 25, 2017

Pease Public Library (Book Launch event for Beating the Bounds), Plymouth, NH, October 30, 2017

Del Rossi’s Reading Series, Dublin, NH, September 2017

Philosophy 4 Life Radio Show, interview and reading, June 2017

Eagle Pond Reading Series, Plymouth State University, September 2016

Wheaton College, October 2013

Queertopia Reading, AWP Conference, March 2013

OVS Reading, AWP Conference, March 2013

The Frost Place, Franconia, NH, July 10, 2011 (Frost Day, invited to read a Frost Poem as a part of the “Frost in the Aire” series)

The Mill Open Mic, Bristol, NH, May 2011

Women of Words, PSU Women’s History Month Reading, March 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011

Beat Night at the Press Room, Portsmouth, NH, January 2010

Stone Pigeon Reading Series, Portsmouth, NH, January 2010

Moultonborough Public Library, November 2009

University of Virginia Young Writers Workshop, July 2009

Old Forge Arts Center, Old Forge, NY, July 2009

Jazzmouth Festival, Portsmouth, NH, April 2009

Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, March 2009

Featured Speaker, Poetry Pedagogy Forum, AWP Conference, Chicago, February 2009

New Hampshire Poetry Society Reading, The Mill, Bristol, NH, July 2008

UPWords Reading Series, Pittsburgh, PA, June 2008

Portsmouth Poetry Hoot, June 2007

Rey Center, Waterville Valley, December 2006

September 11 Commemoration, Plymouth State University, September 9, 2006

Terminal Hip Dance Theatre, August 1 & 27, 2006

United Campus Ministries “Cabaret” Fundraising Dinner, April 29, 2006

135th Birthday Celebration, “Official Poem,” Plymouth State University, March 15, 2006

“Wings, Feathers, Flight: The Birds of Artists and Poets,” (juried show and reading) Millbrook Gallery, Concord, NH, May 2005

WSCA Community Radio, Portsmouth NH, February 2005

The Bowery Poetry Club (Red Hen Press – reading to promote anthology), October 2004

Poetry Society of New  Hampshire, Featured Reader, January 2004 and October 2004

Plymouth Writing Project Summer Institute for Teachers, Summer 2002, 2003, 2005-2007

Centripetal/PSU Poets and Writers Fund-raiser, Spring 2003 and Spring 2004

Holderness School, Holderness, NH, Fall 2002 and Spring 2003

Featured Reader, Gist Street Reading Series, Pittsburgh, August 2001

Guest Author, Women’s Studies Consortium Series, Nebraska Wesleyan University, November 1999

Featured Reader, Longwood College Author Series, March 1998

Featured Reader, Missouri Valley Writers Series, Omaha, NE, September 1997

Guest Author and Instructor, College of St. Mary’s, Lincoln, NE, 1996 and 1998

Reading, Missouri Philological Association Annual Meeting, March 1996

Poetry and Drum Ensemble, Pittsburgh, PA, Spring 1995

Prosody Radio Show, WYEP FM, Pittsburgh, PA, 1995

Boston Literary Review Reading Series, Boston, 1991


“Women from Away,” Reading/Panel participant, New Hampshire Poetry Festival, September 2017

“Four Weddings and an Inauguration: Occasional Poetry,” Panel moderator and participant, AWP Conference (Minneapolis, MN), April 2015

“Collaboration and Convergence: Chapbooks at the Crossroads,” Panelist participant, AWP Conference (Seattle, WA), March 2014

“Ear Candy: Teaching the Pleasures of Poetic Meter,” Panel moderator and chair, AWP Conference, March 2012

“Hands On: A Conversation about DIY and Craft Culture in a Digital World,” Roundtable moderator and chair, AWP Conference, February 2011

“Making Chapbooks in the Advanced Poetry Workshop,” Pedagogy Forum, AWP Conference   (Chicago), February 2009 (Selected as one of the 20 Best Pedagogy Papers for 2009)

“Passing the Draft,” Associated Writing Programs Conference Pedagogy Papers and Forum, April 2005

“Chapbooks: Who Publishes Them, Who Distributes Them, Who Reads Them?” Roundtable moderator and chair, Associated Writing Programs Conference, March 2004

“Finding Time: Apprenticeship, Obscurity, and the Physical Life of Language,” Presenter (Panel: “Exploring the Visual Life of Language”), Associated Writing Programs Conference, February 2003

“Introduction to Everything: Teaching the Multi-Genre Creative Writing Class,” Panel Chair and Speaker, Associated Writing Programs Conference, March 2002

“Getting Carried Away: Research and Obsession in the Poetic Sequence,” Panel Chair and Speaker, Associated Writing Programs Conference, April 2001

“The (Dis)order of Perception: Cubist Action in William Carlos Williams’ Poetry,” Image and Text: American Creativity and the Relationship Between Writing and The Visual Arts, Wichita State University, January 2000

“Writing the How-To Poem,” Pedagogy Forum, Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference, April 1999

“Gender Writing Genre, Genre Writing Gender: Issues of Subversion and Connection in the Poetry of Marilyn Hacker and Judy Grahn,” Panel on Form and Gender, Exploring     Form and Narrative Conference, West Chester University, June 1996

“Them’s Fightin’ Words: The Discourse and Debate Over New Formalism,” Panel on The Resistance to New Formalism, New Formalism and New Narrative Conference, West Chester University, June 1995

“Sifting for the Gold: Giving and Getting Helpful Peer Response in Graduate Workshops,”  Associated Writing Programs Annual Conference, March 1995

Workshops and Presentations (Selected)

“Making a Mess to Clear the Way: Radical Re-vision of Poetry,” New Hampshire Writers Project Writers Day, March 2012

“WAC Potluck/Designing Effective Writing Workshops,” PSU, January 2006 (WAC)

“Safe Classrooms and Hostile Learning Environments: Rhetoric and Realities,” Faculty Day, PSU, August 2005

“Pain 101,” a short essay read at a panel on Sensitive Issues in the Classroom, PSU, March 2004

“Responding to Student Writing: Strategies for Success,” PSU (WAC), February 2004

Master Workshops in Poetry Writing, New Hampshire Writers’ Project Summer Institute for  Teachers, July 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007

Poetry Workshops, “Middle/High School Voices” Conference, PSU, May 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011; also Fall  2006

“Radical Revision: Making a Mess to Clear the Way,” at the Write Now! conference (Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire), May 2002, Bethlehem, NH

“Moonshots and Metaphors: One Poet’s Obsession with the Apollo Space Program,” talk and poetry reading, Society for Scholarly Dialogue, Plymouth State College, February 2002


The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, April 2015

Playa Residency Program, Aug/Sep 2014 and Jan/Feb 2015

Vermont Studio Center, July 2010

Jentel Artist Residency Program, Feb-March, 2008

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, May 2008


2018 Distinguished Scholarship Award, Plymouth State University

2014 Moondancer Fellowship, The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow

2011 New Hampshire Literary Awards, Reader’s Choice Award in Poetry for Luck (Pecan Grove Press, 2010)

Poets Forum Villanelle Prize (2nd Prize), March 2006

Finalist (one of 30 out of 600 total manuscripts), Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, Ohio State University Press, 2006

Theo Kalikow Award, PSU, 2005

Finalist, Akron Poetry Prize, University of Akron, 2004

Nomination, Distinguished Teaching Award, PSU, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010

Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, UNL Alumni Association, 2001

Frank and Orinda Johnson Graduate Fellowship, UNL, 2000 – 2001

Full Graduate Fellowship, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), 1999 – 2000

Vreeland Award for Poetry, UNL, 1999

Teaching Award: Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students, UNL, 1999

Nomination, John W. Robinson Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Paper, UNL, 1999

Finalist, Agnes Starrett Lynch Poetry Prize, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999

Thompson Fellowship, UNL, 1998 – 1999

Finalist, Pearl Chapbook Contest, 1998

National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Teacher Recognition Certificate, 1997-98

Mari Sandoz/Prairie Schooner Fiction Prize, 1997-98 (2nd place)

Karen Dunning/Women’s Studies Award for Scholarly or Creative Work, 1997

Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize, Runner-up, 1995

Columbia: A Magazine of Poetry and Prose, Poetry Prize, 1994

Academy of American Poets University Prize, 1993 and 1997

Emerson College President’s Citation, 1992

Fellowship, Bucknell Seminar For Younger Poets, Bucknell University, 1991

Emerson Review Writing Prize for Poetry, 1991 and 1992


Judge, Scholastic Writing Awards, New Hampshire Writing Project, 2012-present

Judge, University of Pittsburgh Writing Program Undergraduate Poetry Writing Awards, 2013

Creative Writing Class (6 weeks), Meredith Senior Center, Fall 2010

Workshop Leader, New Hampshire Young Writers Conference, New England College, April 2007

Performance Judge, New Hampshire State Semi-Final, “Poetry Out Loud” recitation competition, March 2007

Final Judge, New Hampshire/National Writers Project “Poetry of Place” Student Poetry Competition, April 2006

Performance Judge, Plymouth Regional High School “Poetry Out Loud” recitation competition, 2009-present

Poetry Workshops (half-day) on “Versions of the Self,” Sant Bani School, December 2005

Poetry Workshop, PSU Summer Camp for Young Writers, June 2005, 2006

Writers Day Workshop for High School Students, PSU, March 2004

Poetry Workshops (half-day) on “Difference,” Sant Bani School, November 2003

Friends of the Arts “Arts Encounters” program, Galleryworks/Poetryworks, February 2003