Ann Neelon

Professor of English

"To say what you want to say, you must create another language and nourish it for years with what you have loved, with what you have lost, with what you will never find again." – George Seferis



Ann Neelon


Wallace Stegner Postgraduate 

  Fellow, Poetry

Stanford University


M.F.A., Poetry

University of Massachusetts, Amherst


B.A., English

College of the Holy Cross



Easter Vigil, 1996.

Highlighted Publications

Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers, by Angene and Jack Wilson. University of Kentucky Press, 2011.




Poetry Southeast, 2007.

Poetry Southeast, 2006.

Snakebird: Thirty Years of Anhinga Poets, 2004.

Interview on Talking with… Poets, 2001.

Manoa, 1995.

Areas of Specialization

Creative Writing: Poetry

Literary Editing

Literary Translation

Modern and Contemporary Poetry





Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing 

Editor, New Madrid, Journal of Contemporary Literature

Courses Taught

ENG 214 Introduction to Creative Writing

ENG 330 Special Topics in English Studies (Study Abroad)

ENG 342 Introduction to Poetry Writing

ENG 343 Special Topics in Creative Writing

ENG 416 Writers Workshop: Poetry

ENG 520 Forms of Poetry

ENG 561 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry

ENG 614 Special Topics in English Studies (Study Abroad)

ENG 662 Poetry Tutorial

ENG 664 New Madrid Field Study

ENG 666 Poetry Residency

HUM 211 The Western Tradition


Awards and Distinctions

20 years of service recognition, Murray State University, 2012
Board of Regents Award for Teaching Excellence, 2007

Discover China Grant, 2004

Al Smith Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council, 1999

Kentucky Foundation for Women grant, 1999

RPCV Writers & Readers' Best Poetry Book Award, 1998

Anhinga Prize for Poetry, 1995

Jones Lectureship, Stanford University, 1989-1982

Wallace Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University, 1988

Fellowship, Yaddo Artists' Colony, 1987

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)

Peace Corps Writers


Prof. Ann Neelon

7B-17 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341




In the Media

Review: New Madrid, Dynamics of Poverty and Wealth 

Review: New Madrid on La Bloga