Program Director, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
PhD, Creative Writing, Bath Spa University
MFA, Creative Writing, The University of North Carolina Greensboro
BA, English, The University of New Hampshire
Professional Background, Scholarship Highlights
Jennifer Militello is the author of four collections of poetry. Her most recent book, A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments, has been called “positively bewitching” by Publishers Weekly and was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award and the Sheila Margaret Motton Book Prize. Her second book, Body Thesaurus—named one of the top books of 2013 by Best American Poetry and runner-up for the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, has been called an example of “aesthetic grace and existential mourning” by The Rumpus—is said by The Boston Review to construct “a reality where boundaries between psychic interior and clinical exterior no longer hold,” and, according to PN Review (UK), “sings darkness.” Her first collection, Flinch of Song, was awarded the Tupelo Press First Book Award.
Militello’s poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Tin House and have been anthologized in Best New Poets, Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, and The Manifesto Project. She has been awarded the Barbara Bradley Award, the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award, the Betty Gabehart Prize, and the 49th Parallel Award, as well as grants and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Writers at Work, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. She has served as associate editor of Tupelo Quarterly and is the founding director of the New Hampshire Poetry Festival, which has hosted such writers as Ellen Bryant Voigt, Ross Gay, Gregory Pardlo, and Charles Simic.