Elizabeth Powell teaches creative writing, literature, editing and publishing at Johnson State College and directs the B.F.A. program. She hails from New York City and has been Vermont resident since 1991. She earned her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and her M.F.A. at Vermont College in Montpelier. She has taught at the University of Vermont and St. Michael’s College as well as in the M.F.A. program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Liz is the author of The Republic of Self, a “New Issue First Book Prize” winner selected by C.K. Williams. Her second book of poems, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances, won the 2015 Anhinga Robert Dana Prize and was published in 2016 by Anhinga Press. The title poem of that book was featured in the “Best American Poetry” blog in November 2015, and the book itself was included in the New Yorker’s “Books We Loved in 2016” list. In December 2016, Liz was interviewed about the book on Vermont Public Radio, available here.
Liz’s work has appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology ( 2013), Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Ecotone, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Slope, Sugarhouse Review, Ploughshares, Post Road, Zocalo Public Square, and others.
Liz is the editor of Green Mountains Review, JSC’s nationally acclaimed literary journal. She mentors students in the college’s B.F.A. in Creative Writing program and student interns working on Green Mountains Review. Her research interests include contemporary American poetry, publishing and editing the literary magazine, and the hybrid lyric essay.
Liz joined the faculty at JSC in 2009. “It’s a great place for me,” she says. “I like teaching in a small liberal arts college where the focus is on high-impact, experiential learning.”