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. 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, and a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship. 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 ten years, he has lived near the Upper James River in Western Virginia, where he teaches in the MFA Program at Hollins University.


Please click on covers to the left for more information on my books. Two new books are forthcoming in 2015. In spring, Mercer University Press will publish a book of nonfiction: WATERSHED DAYSAdventures (a Little Thorny & Familiar) in the Home Range. In the fall, Etruscan Press will publish a trilogy of long poems called ARCADIA ROAD.

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

Interview — “Taproot Magazine”


coming soon


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