Lynne McMahon, Professor Emerita

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Research and teaching areas: creative writing: poetry


Lynne McMahon has published four collections of poetry: Faith (Wesleyan University Press, 1988), Devolution of the Nude (David R. Godine, 1993), The House of Entertaining Science (David R. Godine, 1999), and, most recently, Sentimental Standards (David R. Godine, 2004). Her essays have appeared in such journals as The New York Times Book Review, New Virginia Review, American Poetry Review, and The Southern Review. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Partisan Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Rolling Stone, The Yale Review, The New England Review and The Paris Review. The recipient of an Award for Literary Excellence from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also been awarded grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, and the Missouri Arts Council. She has given readings throughout the United States, England and Ireland, and she has served as Visiting Poet at the University of California-Irvine.


PhD 1982, University of Utah


Selected Publications

  • Lynne McMahon, ed. The Longman Anthology of Poetry (Longman, 2006)
  • Lynne McMahon. Sentimental Standards (David R. Godine, 2004)

Courses Taught

  • English 3200: Survey of British Literature, Beginning to 1784
  • English 4530/7530: Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry