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Faculty - Jennifer Moxley


Jennifer Moxley
Associate Professor of English
5752 Neville Hall Room 213
Orono, ME 04469

PHONE: (207) 581-3808


Office Hours

Tuesdays, 2:00-3:30pm.

Primary areas of creative work and study include creative writing; lyric poetry (history & practice); personal narrative (memoir & autobiography); experimental writing; poetry translation; small magazine/press editing and design; 20th c. American poetry. Secondary areas include French Symbolism, Gay and Lesbian literature, and American women’s literature.

Courses I’ve taught:

HONORS 111-112. Civilizations.

I’ve been teaching in the UMaine Honors College since 2001. “Civilizations” is a four semester introductory course where students read many of the foundational literary and philosophical works of our Western culture. In addition to leading a small (12-15 students) preceptorial each week, for the past few years I have also given lectures on the Greek lyric poet Sappho and the Medieval French epic The Song of Roland to the entire incoming class. Visit the Honors College.

ENG 205: Introduction to Creative Writing. In this course students are introduced to different techniques for writing prose, poetry, and personal narrative. We read poems and short stories and do lots of in-class writing and exercises.

ENG 222: Reading Poems. An introductory survey of poetic forms, metrics, movements and magazines. In this class students learn how to be astute readers of poetry, from the Anglo-Saxon “Caedmon’s Hymn” to Alice Notley’s Descent of Alette and everything in between.

ENG 246: American Women’s Literature. A survey of Women’s Literature written in America, from our first published author, Anne Bradstreet, to the present.

ENG 308: Writing Poetry. This is an intensive poetry writing workshop that includes the study of 20th century poetics and focuses, through exercises and writing assignments, on the development of each student’s individual craft. We also read work by contemporary poets who come to UMaine to read in the New Writing Series.

ENG 408: Advanced Poetry Writing. A senior workshop for English students concentrating in creative writing, poetry. Students in the course develop and complete a manuscript of poems that serves as their capstone.

ENG 429: Topics in Literature – The Grail in Medieval Literature and 20th Century Film. A course I developed in which students examine the origins and development of the grail legend from Medieval romances such as Chrétien de Troyes The Story of the Grail and Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival, all the way to twentieth-century films such as Lancelot du Lac and The Fisher King.

ENG 429: Topics in Literature – The Symbolist Movement in Poetry. A senior seminar I developed on French Symbolism. We studied the essays, poems, and letters of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Verlaine, and Mallarmé (all in translation).

ENG 449: Contemporary American Poetry – “A Girlish Possibility.” A senior seminar I developed on the poetry of Robert Duncan, James Schuyler, and John Wieners. This course took an in-depth look at three post-WWII American poets and the historical context (pre-Stonewall) in which their works emerged.

ENG 508: Graduate Workshop in Poetry. A workshop for M. A. students concentrating in creative writing.

ENG 529: Studies in Literature – The Writer as Translator. A graduate seminar and creative writing workshop I developed focusing on the art of poetic translation. It focused on translation as a way to read and invent, and on crossing linguistic and formal boundaries.

ENG 546: Modern American Literature. A course offered periodically and taught by different professors. When I taught it I focused on eugenics, race, and reproduction in American Modernism.

ENG 580: Topics in Poetry and Poetics – The Symbolist Movement in Poetry. My course on Baudelaire, Verlaine, Rimbaud, and Mallarmé turned up a notch for M. A. students.



Clampdown. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2009

The Middle Room. Berkeley: Subpress, 2007

The Line. Sausolito: Post-Apollo Press, 2007

Often Capital. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2005

The Sense Record. Washington, DC: Edge Books, 2002

Rpt. Cambridge, UK & Australia: Salt Publishing 2003

Imagination Verses. New York: Tender Buttons, 1996; Cambridge, UK & Australia: Salt Publishing 2003

Evidence des Lumières. Grâne, France: Editions Créaphis, 1998 (Trans. of Enlightenment Evidence)


The Occasion. New York City, NY: Belladonna, 2002

Wrong Life. Cambridge, England: Equipage, 1999Enlightenment Evidence. Cambridge, England: Rem•press, 1996 Ten Still Petals. Providence: private, 1996 The First Division of Labour. Boston: Rosetta Chapbook, 1995


Sleep’s Powers. Brooklyn: Ugly Duckling, 2008. Trans. of Puissances du Sommeil by Jacqueline Risset (Paris: Seuil, 1997).

The Translation Begins. Providence: Burning Deck, 1996 Trans. of La Traduction Commence by Jacqueline Risset (Paris: Christian Bourgeois, 1971)


American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. Edited by Cole Swensen and David St. John (Norton 2009)

Vanishing Points, New Modernist Poems. Edited by Rod Mengham and John Kinsella (Salt 2004)

Isn’t It Romantic, 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets. Edited by Brett Fletcher Lauer and Aimee Kelley (Verse, 2004)

Behind the Orbits” in The Best American Poetry, 2002, edited by Robert Creeley

The Mechanics of the Mirage: Postwar American Poetry. Edited by Michel Delville and Christine Pagnoulle. Université de Liège: 2000. Review.

12 pages in An Anthology of New (American) Poets. Edited by Lisa Jarnot, Christopher Stroffolino, and Leonard Schwartz. Talisman House, 1998

Links to some of my writing

Poems: “Aeolian Harp” “Fear of an Empty LifeFour poems Three poems

Essays & personal narrative

Invective Verse

On editing The Impercipient

A Personal Reminiscence Chronicling the first documented case of the Waldrop Effect

On Content

Essays & reviews of my work by others (partial)

Ange Mlinko on Clampdown

Rob Stanton on Clampdown

John Yau on Imagination Verses

Jane Griffiths on Imagination Verses & The Sense Record

Tony Frazer on The Sense Record:

Stephanie Cleveland on The Sense Record:

Cole Swensen on The Sense Record

Arielle Greenberg on The Sense Record

Dale Smith on The Sense Record

Chris Stroffolino & Katy Lederer on Wrong Life

Pete Smith


See the on-line archive of my 90s magazine “The Impercipient”

Poetry editor of The Baffler

Contributing editor of The Poker

Poetry Readings

Here’s a partial list of some of the places I’ve been invited to give poetry readings since I’ve been teaching at the University of Maine:

University of Chicago, Beinecke Library at Yale, Bates College, Georgetown University, Mills College, UC Davis, University of Denver, The Poetry Project in New York City, POG collective Tucson, Arizona, University of Pennsylvania, USC, Northwest Bookfest in Seattle, UC Berkeley, Johns Hopkins University, The Poetry Center in San Francisco, UC San Diego, U of Illinois at Chicago, and Brown University .

Here are some links

University of Chicago: Poem Present

Georgetown University, Lannan Poetry Series

Georgetown University, Lannan Poetry Symposium

University of California, San Diego – Department of Literature Newsletter

University of Denver, Department of English – News and Events

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