Alexandria Peary

Alexandria Peary

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: MH-229
Phone: 978-542-7256
Resume: Alexandria Peary [DOC 126KB]

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
2773 04 ENL161 Literature II: Reading Closely

Professional Biography


Ph.D.  English/Specialization:Composition Studies. University of New Hampshire

MFA    Poetry. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MFA   Poetry. Iowa Writer's Workshop. University of Iowa

B.A.  English with a Concentration in Creative Writing. Colby College

Professional Interests

* First-Year Composition
* Poetry and Creative Nonfiction
* Creative Writing History, Pedagogy, & Theory
* Theories of Writing Block and Anxiety
* Writing Across the Curriculum
* Writing Program Administration
* Classical and Contemporary Rhetoric
* Composition History & Theory
* Process Pedagogy


I direct the First-Year Writing Program at Salem State University and teach creative writing and composition at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Selected Publications


Control Bird Alt Delete. University of Iowa Press. Winner of 2013 Iowa Poetry Prize. Selected by Emily Wilson. Forthcoming, 2014.

Creative Writing Studies: A Guide to Its Pedagogies. Co-edited with Tom C. Hunley. Southern Illinois University Press. Forthcoming, 2014.

Lid to the Shadow. Slope Editions. Winner of Slope Editions 2010 BookPrize. Selected by Franz Wright, 2011.

Fall Foliage Called Bathers & Dancers. Omaha, NE: Backwaters Press, 2008.


2013 Iowa Poetry Prize

2010 Slope Editions Book Prize

2012 Finalist for Theresa J. Enos Anniversary Award for best essay published in Rhetoric Review

Academy of American Poets Joseph Langland Prize

Pushcart Nomination

Mudfish Poetry Prize

Mary Carver Poetry Prize

Spoon River Poetry Review Editor's Prize, second place

Poems for the Center Contest, 1st place, University of Maine, Orono

Selected Articles/Chapters:

“The Hidden Ethos Inside Process Pedagogy.” Pedagogy. Forthcoming. 14.2 (Winter 2014)..

 “‘An Extremely Pleasant New Kind of World’: Hughes Mearns and the Open-Access Approach to Creative Writing.” New Writing: International Journal for the Practice and Theory of             Creative Writing. 10.3 (2013): 348-358.

“Taking Self-Help Books Seriously: The Informal Aesthetic Education of Writers.” The Journal of Aesthetic Education. Accepted for publication

"Eliza Leslie's 1854 The Behaviour Book and the Conduct of Women's Writing." Rhetoric Review. 31.3 (2012). Finalist for the 2012 Theresa J. Enos Anniversary Award.

“Spectators At Their Own Future: Creative Writing Assignments in the Disciplines and the Fostering of Critical Thinking.” WAC Journal, 23 (2012): 65-81.

"On Detail." Literary Imagination. Literary essay. 14(3) (2012): 354-364.

"Creative Writing Across the Curriculum." Chapter in Creative Writing Studies: A Guide to Its Pedagogies (Peary & Hunley, forthcoming).

The Privacy of Writing.” EDvance: A Digital Publication for the Advancement of             Developmental English.            1/Writing-Blocks

"The Licensing of the Poetic in Nineteenth-Century Composition-Rhetoric Textbooks." College Composition and Communication. 61.2 (December 2009).

"Increasing the Efficacy of Audience Instruction through the S.A.S.E." Chapter in Teaching Audience: Theory and Practice. Eds. Brian Fehler et al. Forward by Lisa Ede and Andrea Lunsford. NCTE, 2009.

"Bringing Creativity into the Classroom: Using Sociology to Write First Person Fiction" with Laurie Gordy. Teaching Sociology. 33.4 (October 2005).

Selected Poetry Publications:

The Denver Quarterly, Volt, The Chariton Review, Yew, New American Writing, The Gettysburg Review, The Massachusetts Review, jubilat, Fine Madness, Verse, Fence, Crazyhorse, Tygerburning, The Fertile Source, Literary Imagination, Poetry Northwest, Spoon River Review

Selected Creative Nonfiction Publications:

"Knick Knacks." The Superstition Review. Issue 12 (2013):

"Bob's Keys to the Kingdom." Hippocampus. Forthcoming.

New Hampshire Magazine


Peary, A. (2012). “Water breaks, writer’s block.”

Peary, A. (2012). “Revision of the sandwich.”

Blog on Mindful Writing:

Your Ability to Write is Always Present:


Selected Presentations

University Guest Presentations:

Art for Art's Sake: Panel. Southern Vermont College. February 2014.

Iowa Writers' Workshop, University of Iowa. Discussion of forthcoming book Creative Writing Studies: An Introduction to Its Pedagogies with Tom C. Hunley, April 29, 2014.

"Peter Elbow, Walter Ong and Dorothy Sarnoff: A Discussion of Inner and Outer Rhetoric." CitizenshipThrough Empowerment  Lecture Series. Southern Vermont College. March 2011.

Upcoming Poetry Readings:

Prairie Lights Bookstore. Iowa City, Iowa. April 29, 2014.

BASH Series. Brookline Booksmith. Brookline, MA. June 13, 2014.

Selected Conference Presentations:

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­“Digital Transactions and the Author(itative) Ethos.” Conference on College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, NV, March 2013.

"Your Ability to Write a Poem Is Always Present: A Mindful Writing Workshop." May 3, 2013. Hawthorne Hotel, Pickman Room, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Presentation for Massachussetts Poetry Festival.

"Helping Faculty Overcome the Digital Divide Through Composition Pedagogies." Proposal Accepted. Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, MO, March 2012.

"Creative Writing WAC: Using the Imagination to Bridge Critical and DisciplinaryThinking." Third International Critical Thinking/Writing-Across-the-Curriculum Conference2010. Quinnipiac University. Hamden, CT, November 2010.

"Increasing the Efficacy of Audience Instruction through the Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, KY, March 2010.

"Murray & Elbow's Ethos: Setting People Up to Write." Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco, CA, March 2009.

Personal Interests

My children

Writing poetry & creative nonfiction

Helping people overcome writing blocks & anxiety

Running (Helps with last on the list)

Cooking anything but dessert