Hannah Brooks-Motl



Research Interests: 

20th century Anglophone & American poetries & poetics; intellectual & cultural history; histories of reading; cultural poetics; poetry & performance;


  • Poetry collections: M (The Song Cave, 2015); The New Years (Rescue Press, 2014)
  • Poetry chapbook: The Montaigne Result (The Song Cave, 2013)
  • Helped edit, with Stephen Burt: Randall Jarrell on W.H. Auden (Columbia, 2005) 
  • Recent poems in Best American Experimental Writing, Prelude, and West Branch. Criticism and reviews have appeared in Bookforum Online, The Chicago Review, The Kenyon Review Online, and LitHub.


I earned my BA from Macalester College in 2003. In the intervening years, I managed a diner; taught ESL, composition, and creative writing; worked on writers festivals in Prague and Scotland; freelanced; helped direct the Juniper Young Writers Program. I earned an MLitt from the University of St. Andrews and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. My interests are currently in early and mid-20th century culture and aesthetics; intellectual history; the forms of life available through writing; and poetry, performance, and the lives of poems.

Teaching Experience: 

Composition (UMass-Amherst; Bay Path College); creative writing (poetry)