Alyse Knorr

Term Instructor
Office: ADM 101-G
Phone: 786-4347


Alyse Knorr earned her BA in English and journalism from Elon University and her MFA in creative writing (poetry) from George Mason University, where she served as the poetry editor of So to Speak: a feminist journal of language and art, and co-founded the journal's first blog.  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's first book, Annotated Glass (Furniture Press Books 2013), is a novel in verse set in the deep American South. Her research and 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 the intersections of science, spirituality, and poetry. Alyse's poems have appeared in RHINO, Salamander, Puerto Del Sol, Sentence, Drunken Boat, The Portland Review, The Minnesota Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press), and many other journals. She has completed an artist's residency at the Vermont Studio Center and read at conferences and reading series across the country.


M.F.A., creative writing (poetry), George Mason University
B.A., English and journalism, Elon University

Teaching Responsibilities

Freshman composition, technical writing, world literature, poetry