Alyse Knorr earned her BA in English and journalism from Elon University and her MFA in creative writing (poetry) from George Mason University. In addition to UAA, Alyse has taught at George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. She has also served as the assistant festival manager of the Fall for the Book literary festival in Virginia and as a staff writer at a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Greensboro News & Record. She currently co-edits Gazing Grain Press, a feminist publisher of chapbooks, reviews, and ephemera, which she co-founded in 2012.
Alyse is the author of Copper Mother (Switchback Books 2015), Alternates (dancing girl press, 2014), and Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013). Her creative interests focus on the history of and contemporary approaches to the love poem--in particular, common themes and tropes of the lesbian lyric love poem and their evolution over time. Her work is heavily influenced by place, as well as by the poets Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Carson, and Sappho. She is interested in feminist poetics and pedagogy, as well as hybrid poetic forms such as the novel in verse. Alyse's poems have appeared in The Greensboro Review, Denver Quarterly, storySouth, Hayden's Ferry Review, ZYZZYVA, The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press 2013), and many other journals. She has completed artist's residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Millay Colony, and others, and has read at conferences and reading series across the country.
M.F.A. (Creative writing), George Mason University
First-year composition, technical writing, world literature