Contact & Location


Department of English

Physical Address:
Brink Hall 200
(208) 885-6156 phone
(208) 885-5944 fax

Mailing Address:
English Department
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 1102
Moscow, Idaho

Michele Leavitt

Michele Leavitt

Office: Brink Hall 120
Phone: (208) 885-6157
Email: mleavitt@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: English Department - University of Idaho
P.O. Box 441102
Moscow, Idaho 83844-1102

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of English

With UI Since 2008

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Critical Thinking
    • Literature of Addiction
  • Biography
    I have taught composition, creative writing, literature and other courses at the college level since 1989, although I began my professional life as a trial attorney in 1981. After completing my M.A. in English in 1989, a brief teaching experience convinced me that I preferred the classroom to the courtroom, and so I began to further prepare myself for a career in teaching and writing. While still maintaining my law practice, I completed an M.F.A. in creative writing at Vermont College in 1995, and I have devoted myself to teaching as a full-time vocation from that point forward.

    My teaching experience ranges from composition courses at traditional American institutions to literature seminars at a Japanese institution, from creative workshops at a battered women’s shelter to online study programs at distance learning institutions. Whether I meet my students face-to-face or online, I aim to develop the personal connections so necessary to student success by focusing on student needs and by being willing to share the ups and downs of my own history, like the fact that I am a high school drop-out and first-generation college graduate, and the fact that I actively write, revise and publish poetry and prose.

  • Selected Publications

    • “Sandra M. Gilbert,” “Alice Fulton,” and “Gerda Lerner.” Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition. Assoc. ed. Tracy Irons-Georges. 5 vols. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2004.
    • “William S. Burroughs” and forty-nine other biographical entries. Literary Reference Center. Pasadena: Salem Press, 2006.

    • “Winter in a Beach Town.” Rattapallax 11. Spring, 2004.
    • “Charm School” and “Me and My Bitch.” The Merrimack Literary Review. Andover, MA: Merrimack Literary Review, 2004.
    • “My Reprieve,” “The Kettle,” “That Mongrel Fix,” “Blackout,” “Datura,” Winter in a Beach Town,” “Chasing the Dark.” The Hypertexts (2005). www.thehypertexts.com
    • “Charm School,” “Ladies Night,” and “Unspent.” The Powow River Anthology. Ed. Alfred Nicol. Flagler Beach, Fl: Ocean Publishing, 2006.
    • “Ladies Night.” Main Street Rag. Vol. 10, No. 2, Summer 2005.
    • “Amniotic.” The Raintown Review. Vol. 5, Issue 1. 2005.
    • “Unspent.” The Raintown Review. Vol 5, Issue 2. June, 2006.
    • “Aunt Cora’s Fever,” “St. Mary’s Home,” “To Aspirin.” Mezzo Cammin: an online journal of formalist poetry by women,  Vol. 2, Issue 1. June 2007. www.mezzocammin.com
    • “Seven-to-Life.” Underground Voices. December 2007. www.undergroundvoices.com
    • “Swamp Sanctuary.” The Lyric. Vol. 88, No. 2. Spring 2008.
    • “In this Light,” “The Road to Statesboro,” “Heart Rot,” “Bowling in Heaven.” Mezzo Cammin: an online journal of formalist poetry by women.  Vol. 3, Issue 2. Winter 2008. www.mezzocammin.com


  • Awards and Honors
    • New Emerging Poet Award, 1994 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience.
    • Finalist, 1995, Eberhart Poetry Prize.
    • First Prize, Newburyport Art Association 1995 Poetry Contest.
    • First Prize, 1995 Marblehead Arts Association Writer’s World Competition in both the poetry and essay categories.
    • Finalist, Slapering Hol 1996 Chapbook Competition.
    • 1997 Faculty Development Grant Award for curriculum development, Norwich University.
    • Honorable Mention, New Millenium Contest III, April 1997.
    • Outstanding Work, 1998 Marblehead Arts Association in personal essay category: finalist in fiction category.
    • Semi-finalist, 1998 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant.
    • Finalist, 1998 New Century Writer Awards for screenplay adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot.
    • 1999-2000 Digital Media-Powered Course Development Grant, Northern Essex Community College. Funded by FIPSE.
    • 2000 Faculty Development Grant Award, Norwich University.
    • 2000 Technology Across the Curriculum Grant Awards (2), North Shore Community College.
    • 2001 Technology Across the Curriculum Grant, North Shore Community College.
    • 2001 Faculty Development Grant Award, Norwich University.
    • 2002 Technology Across the Curriculum Grant, North Shore Community College.
    • 2003 Faculty Development Grant, Northern Essex Community College.
    • 2003 Second Prize, Newburyport Arts Association Poetry Competition.
    • 2003 Finalist, Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition.
    • 2003 Faculty Development Grant, Teaching in Community Online, Northern Essex Community College.
    • 2004 Discovery/The Nation semifinalist.

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