Liz Ahl

Elizabeth Ahl

Program Coordinator, English
Phone: (603) 535-2595
Office: Arts & Technologies, Ellen Reed House Rm 05, MSC 40, Plymouth, NH 03264


BFA, Emerson College; MFA, University of Pittsburgh; PhD, University of Nebraska

After an itinerant childhood and youth, Liz Ahl found her way to Plymouth as a new faculty member in the fall of 2001, and she’s been here ever since. She has traveled to all fifty states, as well as to Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Thailand, and Laos, but never “across the pond” to the UK or Europe. Although her primary field is poetry, she is also interested in how poetry intersects with other areas, ranging from mathematics to history and science, as well as with the other fine and performing arts. She has performed her poetry with musicians, had her poems set for choral performance, and has recently had her first experience co-curating a gallery show pairing poets and printmakers. You might also ask her about the U.S. space program of the 1960s, letterpress printing and book arts, or Texas Hold ‘em, three passions of hers about which she’s also written poems.

Interview with NHPR (March, 2018):

Publications in Poetry (Books and Chapbooks)

Beating the Bounds (poems), Hobblebush Books (Granite State Poetry Series), 2017
Home Economics (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016)
Talking About The Weather (Limited Edition, Seven Kitchens Press, 2012)
Luck  (Pecan Grove Press, 2010)
A Thirst That’s Partly Mine, winner of the 2008 Slapering Hol poetry chapbook prize, published in 2008 by Slapering Hol Press

Recent & Selected Publications in Poetry (Literary Journals & Anthologies)

Conjunctions, 2020,” in Transition: Poems in the Afterglow, an online project of Indolent Books, December 22, 2020
On the Eve of Social Distancing,” in What Rough Beast (COVID-19 edition), June 4, 2020
“My Father’s Hat,” in Prairie Schooner, Winter 2019 (Vol. 93 No. 4)
“When to Eat the Peach,” in Crab Orchard Review Vol. 24, No. 2 (December 2019)
Putting the Flowers Out,” in Atticus Review January 2019
Aquarium, February,” in American Life in Poetry (weekly syndicated poetry column curated by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser), February 2019 
“Dylan Plugs in at Newport,” in Visiting Bob (Anthology, New Rivers Press, 2018)
“Hunger,” in Barrelhouse Online feature “Tribute to Anthony Bourdain,” September 2018
When She Comes Home From Camp,” Lavender Review, June 2018
“Playing Poker While Female,” Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017)
“Electric Homework” and “Eavesdropping on the Environmental Biologists,” in This Assignment is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013)

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