Elizabeth Ahl


Professor of English

BFA, Emerson College; MFA, University of Pittsburgh; PhD, University of Nebraska
Email: eahl@plymouth.edu

Blog/Website: Liz Ahl Poetry

Author of  Luck

Author of  A Thirst That’s Partly Mine

Office: Ellen Reed 5

Phone: 630-535-2595

Liz Ahl is the author of four poetry chapbooks, the most recent of which is Home Economics (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016). Her first chapbook, A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, won the 2008 Slapering Hol Press chapbook contest. Her full-length poetry collection, Beating the Bounds, will be published in 2017 by Hobblebush Books, in their Granite State Poetry Series. Individual poems by Ahl have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She has been a writing resident at the Vermont Studio Center, the Jentel Artist Residency Program, the Playa Artist Residency Program, the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Ahl’s interests as a poet include performance, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary work (letterpress printing, working with musicians and composers, dancers and visual artists).  Her work has been set to original symphonic music, combined with dance choreography, and riffed to improvisational jazz.  She has read in galleries in collaboration with thematic visual art shows and has published broadsides and chapbooks of both her own work and the work of others.

Selected recent publications

“Beating the Bounds,” Nimrod (Vol 59, No 2), Spring/Summer 2017

Defending the Constitution,” featured poem in What Rough Beast, an online project of Indolent Books, April 28, 2017

Fake Ghazal,” featured poem in What Rough Beast, an online project of Indolent Books, March 6, 2017

“About Suffering” and “Lake Michigan is So Clear Right Now…” Atlanta Review (Vol 23, No. 1), Fall 2016

“Braid,” “At the Pool Hall,” and “Scansion, Able Muse No. 22, Winter 2016

“Playa,” Measure (11.1) 2016

“Saturn V,” “The Radium Girls,” and “The Radiators in Ellen Reed House,” Rappahannock Review (Issue 3.3, August 2016)

“Juarez: Sugar for the Narco-Saints,” Cutthroat (21), Summer 2016

“Suicide Jacket,” in River Styx #96, Summer 2016

 “Transfer Station,” Nimrod (Vol. 65, No. 2) Spring/Summer 2016

Snow Fort,” Panoply, Issue 3, May 2016

“Elizabeth Ann,” “Proof,” “Why I Play Poker,” “I Invented This Rain,” “Washing the Money,” and “Portent,” A Dozen Nothing (by invitation of editors), May 2016 https://adozennothing.com/2016/05/01/liz-ahl-may-2016/

Selected recent presentations

Four Weddings and an Inauguration: Occasional Poetry,” Panel moderator and participant, AWP Conference (Minneapolis, MN), April 2015

“Collaboration and Convergence: Chapbooks at the Crossroads,” Panelist participant, AWP Conference (Seattle, WA), March 2014

“Ear Candy: Teaching the Pleasures of Poetic Meter,” Panel moderator and chair, Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference, Chicago, March 2012

“Making a Mess to Clear the Way: Radical Re-vision of Poetry,” New Hampshire Writers Project Writers Day, March 2012

Artist Residency Programs

Artist Colony at Dairy Hollow, April 2015 (Recipient of the 2014 Moondancer Fellowship)

Playa Artist Residency Program, August 2014 and January 2015

Vermont Studio Center, July 2010

Jentel Artist Residency Program, Feb-March, 2008

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, May 2008


Co-Curator and Contributor, “Finding Place on Paper: Contemporary Poets and Printmakers Explore the White Mountains,” at the Museum of the White Mountains, October-December, 2016

2011 New Hampshire Literary Awards, Reader’s Choice Award in Poetry for Luck (Pecan Grove Press, 2010)

Judge, Scholastic Writing Awards, New Hampshire Writing Project, 2012

Performance Judge, Plymouth Regional High School “Poetry Out Loud” recitation competition, 2009-present



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