Jennifer Moxley

Professor of English
415 Neville Hall
Orono, ME 04469

Phone: 207.581.3917


Office Hours for Fall 2023: Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:10-3:30 and by appointment


Jennifer Moxley joined our faculty in 2000. She has served as Director of Creative Writing, co-advisor to The Open Fieldand Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies. Her areas of expertise include creative writing (poetry, essay, personal narrative); poetry, poetics and translation (theory and practice). Secondary areas include French Symbolism, Orphic Poetics, American modernism, and contemporary American poetry.

Moxley’s poem “Behind the Orbits” was included by Robert Creeley in The Best American Poetry 2002. In 2005 she was granted the Lynda Hull Poetry Award from Denver Quarterly, and in 2015 her book The Open Secret was awarded the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams award and was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.



ENG 508: Writing Workshop in Poetry and Poetics
ENG 546: Modern American Literature
ENG 580: Topics in Poetry and Poetics (Topics taught include: The Symbolist Movement in Poetry; Pre-Stonewall Poetics; Poetics of Translation; Orpheus: The Myth of the Poet; The Poet in Wartime: H.D. and Robert Duncan)


HON 111-112: Civilizations
ENG 205: Introduction to Creative Writing
ENG 206: Descriptive & Narrative Writing
ENG 222: Reading Poems
ENG 246: American Women’s Literature
ENG 308: Writing Poetry
ENG 382: Genres: The Lyric in Historical Perspective
ENG 408: Advanced Poetry Writing
ENG 429: Topics in Literature  (Topics taught include: The Grail in Medieval Literature and 20th Century Film; The Symbolist Movement in Poetry; Orpheus and Eurydice in Literature)
ENG 449: Contemporary American Poetry



For the Good of All Do Not Destroy the Birds. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2021
. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2018
The Open Secret. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2014
There Are Things We Live Among: Essays on the Object World. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2012
Clampdown. Chicago: Flood Editions, 2009
The Middle Room. Berkeley: Subpress, 2007
The Line. Sausalito: 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; Rpt. Cambridge, UK & Australia: Salt Publishing 2003
Evidence des Lumières. Grâne, France: Editions Créaphis, 1998 (Trans. of Enlightenment Evidence)

Translation (all from French)

Uguay, Marie. Journal. Toronto: Cormorant Books, 2024.
Portugal, Anne. Absolute bob. Providence: Burning Deck, 2010.
Risset, Jacqueline. Sleep’s Powers. New York: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008.
Risset, Jacqueline. The Translation Begins. Providence: Burning Deck, 1996.

Anthologies that include my poems


Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation. Viking Penguin 2015
Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology. W. W. Norton, 2013
The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral. Ahsahta Press, 2012
American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. W. W. Norton, 2009
Vanishing Points, New Modernist Poems. UK: Salt, 2004
Isn’t It Romantic, 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets. Amherst, MA: Verse, 2004
The Best American Poetry, 2002. Edited by Robert Creeley. New York: Scribners, 2002
The Mechanics of the Mirage: Postwar American Poetry. Université de Liège: 2000
An Anthology of New (American) Poets. New York: Talisman House, 1998