Berwyn Moore

Professor of English Gannon University
Erie, PA 16541
(814) 871-7504

Author's Bio

Berwyn Moore was selected as the winner of the 2015 James Dickey Prize from Five Points. She is the author of two collections of poetry, O Body Swayed (Cherry Grove Collections, 2009) and Dissolution of Ghosts (Cherry Grove Collections, 2005), which was runner-up for the Lyre Prize in Poetry. She is the editor of the anthology Dwelling in Possibility: Voices of Erie County (Gannon University Press, 2010). She served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Erie County, Pennsylvania, from 2009 to 2010. She is a professor English at Gannon University where she teaches courses in creative writing and literature and advises the award-winning literary-art magazine, Totem. In 2012, she received the 2012 Distinguished Faculty award. Her poems have appeared widely in national journals, including The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Nimrod, Journal of the American Medical Association, Kansas Quarterly, Runes, Alehouse Review, Cimarron Review and others and in the anthologies, Common Wealth: Poets on Pennsylvania, Only Morning in Her Shoes, and Life on the Line. She has poems posted on The Best American Poetry and An American Life in Poetry web sites. Her articles have been published in Public Health Reports, The World and I, and the Foreign Service Journal. Her poetry has won awards from the Bellevue Literary Review, The Pinch Literary Journal, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Negative Capability Press, the Tom Howard Poetry Contest, and the Chester H. Jones Foundation. She has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Publications and Prizes

Dissolution of Ghosts
(Cherry Grove, 2005)
, O Body Swayed
(Wordtech Communications, 2009)
Common Wealth: Poets of Pennsylvania
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005)
, Life on the Line
(Negative Capability Press, 1992)
Alehouse Press, American Athenaeum, Amherst Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Bellingham Review, Briar Cliff Review, Cimarron Review, Comstock Review, Cottonwood Review, Five Points, Ginosko Literary Journal, JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association, Kansas Quarterly, Margie, Measure, Negative Capability, New Millennium Writings, New Virginia Review, Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, River Walk Journal, Ruminate, Runes: A Review of Poetry, Shenandoah, Southern Review, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Stone Country, Texas Review, The Great American Poetry Show, The Pinch, The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Timber Creek Review, Verse Daily, Voices International, Wild Violet, Wisconsin Review, Zone 3
Prizes Won: 
2015 James Dickey Prize, Five Points Press. "After the Light," winner of the Bellevue Literary Review's Magliocco Prize for Poetry (2007) "Pins and Needles," Second Place, The Pinch Literary Award in Poetry (2009) "Namaste: An American Doctor in Nepal, 1952-1954," finalist, Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, 2011. "Tweezing the Bones," finalist, Editor's Best Poem Award (2007), MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry.

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Mussoorie, India
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Charlottesville, VA
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Last updated: Sep 15, 2016