bio, books, writings, events


Thorpe Moeckel is author of the chapbook Meltlines and three books of poetry Odd Botany, Making a Map of the River, and Venison. His writings have appeared widely in journals, magazines, and anthologies. He has worked as a river guide, a handyman, in restaurants, retail, and as an adventure-based counselor for court-ordered teens. For the last eight years, he has lived near the Upper James River in Western Virginia, where he teaches in the MFA Program at Hollins University and helps his wife Kirsten and their three kids work a small, diversified farm, this one: Arcadia Farm


Please click on covers to the left for more information on my books. Here are some anthologies that include my work: From the Fishouse, Field Work, The Ecopoetry Anthology, A Face to Meet the Faces, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. 3

Selected Writings Available Online:

Poetry — At LengthConnotation Pressfrom the fishouse, The Poetry Foundation, NEA Writer’s Corner, Cerise Press, Reading the River, The Writer’s Almanac

Prose — “A Day on the Gauley,”,  “Cold Mist Burning”“A Hog Butchering”, “Dark April Light”, “The Windfall”, “Small Waves”


Reading, UNC-Greensboro. April 11, 2013

Panel Presentation, University of Kansas. May 30, 2013 ASLE Tenth Biennial Conference

Shaping Drafts: Advanced Poetry Workshop. June 9-14, 2013 Tinker Mountain Writer’s Workshop


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