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.

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

Areas of Specialization

Creative Writing: Poetry
Literary Editing
Literary Translation
Modern and Contemporary Poetry

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

Leadership and Service

Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing
Editor, New Madrid, Journal of Contemporary Literature

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Peace Corps Writers

In the Media


Prof. Ann Neelon
7B-17 Faculty Hall
Murray State University
Murray KY 42071-3341