Vermont poet joins Johnson State College faculty

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Wed, 08/12/2009 - 7:05am -- admin

Elizabeth Powell, a highly published poet and the recipient of more than a dozen writing honors, has joined the faculty at Johnson State College. She will start the fall semester as an assistant professor in the department of writing and literature, where she will teach Introduction to Literature, Creative Writing, and College Writing
“I am really looking forward to working with everyone at Johnson State—students, faculty and staff,” she says. “It's such an amazing, wonderful place.”
A resident of Underhill, Powell has extensive experience teaching at the post-secondary level. She has been a lecturer, instructor and visiting writer at the University of Vermont, Saint Michael’s College, Champlain College, Burlington College and Goddard College. She was also on the poetry faculty for many years for the New England Young Writers’ conference at Middlebury College.
Dan Regan, dean of academic affairs at Johnson State, says the faculty search committee was impressed with how engaged Powell is with her students’ learning process.
“The sample class on poetry she gave during her campus interview revealed that clearly,” he says. “It was directed to students’ discovering insights about poetry rather than being handed them.”
She is also devoted to helping students extend their learning beyond the classroom, one of JSC’s priorities. “She is committed to experiential learning,” Regan says. “For instance, her students take hikes through the woods as material for literature and creative writing classes.”
Outside the classroom, Powell has garnered many honors for her writing and received fellowships and grants from Yaddo, Hall Farm Center for Arts and Education, Vermont Council on the Arts, and the Arts Vermont Endowment. She has published dozens of poems in magazines and anthologies around the United States, and she is the author of “The Republic of Self,” winner of the New Issues First Book Prize for Poetry.
Her earlier work as a journalist, combined with being an established poet, make her uniquely suited to supervise students working for Gihon River Review, Johnson State’s student-run literary journal.
She has a master of fine arts degree from Vermont College and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin. She also has completed graduate studies in poetry from the University of New Hampshire.