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Thorpe Moeckel’s most recent works are the nonfiction book Watershed Days: Adventures (A Little Thorny & Familiar) in the Home Range, and the epic/anti-epic Arcadia Road: A Trilogy. He is author of the three prior books of poetry Odd Botany, Making a Map of the River, and Venison. Chapbooks include Meltlines, The Guessing Land, and Off Owl’s Head. Recently he co-edited with Casey Clabough the Virginia edition of Best Creative Nonfiction of the South.

Moeckel’s writings have appeared widely in journals, magazines, and anthologies. Awards include Jacob Javits Fellowship, the Henry Hoyns Fellowship, the George Garrett Award from The Fellowship of Southern Writers, the Kenan Visiting Writership at UNC-Chapel Hill, a Nonfiction Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. He has worked as a river guide, a handyman, in restaurants, retail, residential construction, and as an adventure-based counselor for court-ordered teens. For the last ten years, he has lived near the Upper James River in Western Virginia, where he teaches in the MFA Program at Hollins University and serves as Director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing.


Please click on covers to the left for more information on Thorpe’s books.

Here are some anthologies that include Moeckel’s work: From the Fishouse, Field Work, The Ecopoetry Anthology, A Face to Meet the Faces, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Vol. 3, Poems and Their Making: A ConversationGoing Down Grand: Poems from the Canyon, and The Mind of Monticello: Fifty Contemporary Poets on Jefferson, forthcoming 2016.

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

Interview — “Taproot Magazine”


Fall 2015:

Reading/Presentation: Montgomery Bell Academy, Nashville, TN: Fri., October 9

Southern Festival of the Book, Nashville: You Can Get There from Here: Memoirs of Finding Your Self Someplace Else
Leigh Ann Henion, Thorpe Moeckel, Andra Watkins

Sunday, October 11, 2:00-3:30 pm
Room 16, Legislative Plaza

Reading, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA: Wed., October 21, 7:45 PM


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