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  • Anne Colwell, Associate Professor, English

    Associate Professor, English
    Georgetown Campus
    University of Delaware
    Office 42, Suite 172, Jason Technology Center
    (302) 855-1657


    ​My love for teaching writing and literature comes out of my own life and experience. I read constantly, and I write poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. I teach classes involving all three genres, and I’ve published work in all three genres. Word Poetry published two books of my poems, Believing Their Shadows (2011) and Mother’s Maiden Name (2013). A critical book I wrote about the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop is entitled Inscrutable Houses: Metaphors of the Body in the Poems of Elizabeth Bishop and was published by the University of Alabama Press. My poems, short stories, and essays have appeared in several journals, including Bellevue Literary Review, California Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, and The Madison Review. I’ve been a member of the staff of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Workshop and a visiting professor of American Literature at the University of Granada in Spain.

    Courses Taught

    ​Introduction to Poetry
    Introduction to Short Story
    Approaches to Literature
    British Literature I
    Seminar in Composition
    Introduction to the Novel
    Studies in Literature
    Linguistics 101


    Ph.D., English and American Literature, University of Delaware
    Master of Arts, University of Delaware
    Bachelor of Arts, Immaculata University


    Critical Books

    Inscrutable Houses:  Metaphors of the Body in the Poems of Elizabeth Bishop. London and Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1997.

    Books of Poetry

    Mother’s Maiden Name. Word Poetry, 2013. 

    Believing Their Shadows. Word Poetry, 2010. 

    Father’s Occupation, Mother’s Maiden Name. Winner of The Dogfish Head Poetry Contest. Annapolis: Bay Oaks Publishers, 2007. Judge:  Grace Cavillieri. Washington, D.C.

    Twenty Poems:  An Online Chapbook. The Poets. Alsop Review, Spring 2003. 

    Book Chapters

    “The Sea as the ‘Ultimate Other’ in the Poems of Elizabeth Bishop.”  Reading the Sea: New Essays on Sea Literature. Ed. Kevin Boon. N.Y.: SUNY Maritime Press, 1999.

    “W. D. Snodgrass, Walt Whitman and the Shaping of the American Conscience.” Tuned and Under Tension: The Work of W.D. Snodgrass. Ed. Philip Raisor. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1998.

    “‘Awful but Cheerful’: The Life of Elizabeth Bishop.” American National Biography. London: Oxford University Press, 1998.

    “Discovering the Voices of Biblical Women.” The Writing Room. Ed. Eve Shelnutt. Atlanta: Longstreet Press, 1989.


    “What Writers Can Learn from Actors,” Master Writer’s Blog: Superstition Review, October, 2018.

    “Slender Graces: A Review,” Poet Lore, 2005.

    “The Paradox of the Isolated Body,” Branches Quarterly, January 2002.

    “The One That Got Away: Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Damned Fish.’” Journal X, Spring 1999.

    “The Shape of Conversion.” Connecticut Review, Spring 1999.

    Short Stories

    “Explain,” Bellevue Literary Review, November 2016. —Nominated for Pushcart Prize

    “Nine Months,” Superstition Review, November 2016.

    “Betrayal,” The Bangalore Review, 2015.

    “Breaking In,” Forge, January 2015.

    Excerpt from the novel Holy Day, Philadelphia Stories, 2014.

    “On the Strand,” Birmingham Arts Journal, 2014.“Fluency,” Prick of the Spindle, 2014.

    “See Me,” Cobalt Press, 2014.

    “Sympathy,” The Valley Review, 2014.

    “Sister,” Fiction Attic Press, 2013.

    “Produce Boy,” Gargoyle Magazine, 2013.

    “The Wallpaper Man,” The Broadkill Review, July 2007.

    “The Man Who Fell in Love with the Sea:  A Fable.”  Octavo, Summer 2006.

    Presentations and Conferences

    2008: Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Staff Member. Fiction.

    2007: Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Staff Member.  Fiction.

    2006: Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Staff Member.  Poetry. 

    2005:  Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. Workshop participant in Michael Collier’s poetry workshop.



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