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Alexandra Teague

Associate Chair and Professor of English; Co-director, MFA in Creative Writing; Co-director, Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies


Brink Hall 228

Mailing Address

English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Alexandra Teague teaches poetry writing.

  • M.F.A., Poetry, University of Florida, 1998
  • B.A., English, Southwest Missouri State University, 1996

Alexandra Teague is the author of three books of poetry: Or What We’ll Call Desire (Persea, 2019), The Wise and Foolish Builders (Persea, 2015), and Mortal Geography (Persea, 2010), winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and 2010 California Book Award. She is also the author of the novel The Principles Behind Flotation (Skyhorse, 2017) and co-editor of the anthology Bullets into Bells: Poets & Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Beacon, 2017). The recipient of a 2019 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, the 2014 Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize, a 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a 2006-2008 Stegner Fellowship at Stanford, Alexandra is a Professor in the BA in English and MFA in Creative Writing programs, Co-Director of the MFA program, and Co-Director of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Her work has been praised in such publications as Booklist, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times as “a strong feminist penman to watch,” “formally impressive,” and “passionate, quirky, and righteously outraged.” Her memoir in essays, Spinning Tea Cups: A Mythical American Memoir, is out from Oregon State University Press in October 2023.

  • Poetry Writing
  • Prosody
  • Modern and Contemporary Poetry
  • Craft of Poetry
  • Revision Strategies
  • Women and Poetry


  • Spinning Tea Cups: A Mythical American Memoir, (memoir in essays) Oregon State University Press, 2023
  • Or What We’ll Call Desire, (poetry) Persea Books, 2019
  • The Principles Behind Flotation, (novel) Skyhorse, 2017
  • Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence in the U.S. (co-edited anthology with Brian Clements and Dean Rader) Beacon, 2017
  • The Wise and Foolish Builders, (poetry) Persea Books, 2015
  • Mortal Geography, (poetry) Persea Books, 2010

Anthologized Poems (selected)

  • In the Tempered Dark: Contemporary Poets Transcending Elegy, “Self Portrait as Curious Lunatic’s Sketch of a Dancing Girl” and “Requiem for No Hands,” and micro-essay on grief and repetitive poetic form, 2023
  • Cascadia: A Field Guide Through Art, Ecology, & Poetry, “First Seeing Clark’s Nutcrackers,” 2023
  • Dear America, “’My Country, Tis of Thee’ (arranged for Brazen Bull),” 2020
  • The Eloquent Poem, “Studio with Blackened Windows,” 2019
  • Dead and Undead Poems: Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, and Devils, “Sarah Winchester, 23 Years Dead, Watches House of Dracula,” 2014
  • 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, “Port of Oakland,” 2014
  • New California Writing, “The House That Doesn’t Grow,” 2013
  • The Best American Poetry (eds. Wagoner & Lehman), “Heartlines,” 2009

Journals (selected recent)

  • Memorious, “The Years I Lived Beneath the Lake,” 2023
  • Alaska Quarterly Review, “’Orange Blossom Special’ (arranged for Rome’s burning)” and “The Rough Beast Never Asked to be Born,” 2023
  • The Missouri Review, “The Horse That Threw Me,” 2023
  • Blackbird, “Lake Chacolet,” “Smithsonian,” and “Field Blocks,” 2023
  • Four Way Review, “The Rough Beast Would Like the Future to be Clear” and “The People at the Bottom of the Lake Write Up,” 2022
  • Southern Humanities Review, “Correlations” (ten-poem series) (Auburn Witness Poetry Prize finalist), 2022
  • Boulevard, “The Rough Beast Listens to a PSA from Lake America,” 2021
  • Water~Stone Review, “The Rough Beast Talks to the Falcon,” 2021
  • The Massachusetts Review, “Crossed Letters from a Concerned American” (sonnet sequence), 2021
  • The Inlander, “When, Like Garden Spiders from Outer Space, We Return,” 2021
  • Northwest Review, “The Rough Beast Goes to Outer Space,” 2020
  • Puerto del Sol, “The Rough Beast Literally Arrives,” “Cambium,” “The Goth Comes Clean About Decay,” 2020

  • Feminist Poetics
  • Researched Poetry
  • Genre-Crossing / Hybrid Writing

  • Idaho Center for the Book, Advisory Board, 2016-present
  • Vandal Poem of the Day, 2015-present 
  • Founding Member of the BASK Collective, 2013-present
  • Senior Editor, Broadsided Press, 2009-present 
  • Member of Moscow Arts Commission, Winter 2012-Winter 2016

  • Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, 2019
  • University Graduate Mentoring Award, University of Idaho, 2017
  • Idaho Humanities Council grant, Vandal Poem of the Day project, 2015 (with Devin Becker)
  • The Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, 2014
  • University of Idaho Kurt Olsson Early Career Fellowship, 2014
  • University of Idaho Student Fine Art Fee Grant, BASK Interdisciplinary Arts Collective “Play Like a Girl” project, 2013 (with Kristin Elgersma, Stacy Isenbarger, and Belle Baggs)
  • University of Idaho Seed Grant, research for The Wise and Foolish Builders, 2012
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, 2011
  • California Book Award, Gold Medal for Poetry, 2010
  • Lexi Rudnitsky Prize in Poetry, Persea Books, 2009 
  • Stegner Fellowship in Poetry, Stanford University, 2006 to 2008
  • University Graduate Teaching Award, University of Florida, 1998

M.F.A. Creative Writing

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200 Brink Hall

Mailing Address:
English Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

Phone: 208-885-6156


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