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) 885-6156
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


    “No Trespassing.” (Creative nonfiction) The Journal. 34:1, Spring/Summer 2010. “Keats’s “Spiral, Exhale, Run.” (Creative nonfiction) Platte Valley Review. Spring 2010.

    “The Poison Cure.” (Memoir excerpt) The Humanist.  70:1, Jan/Feb 2010.

    “Bring Me Waterlilies.” (Flash fiction) Ragazine.CC: The Online Magazine of Art, Information and Entertainment. 5:6, Nov –Dec 2009.



    “An Anniversary Prayer.” Passager. Issue 50; Summer, 2010

    The Glass Transition. (Chapbook) Georgetown, KY: Finishing Line Press, 2010.

    “Even though my body wants to cleave in two to hold her” and “A Flawless Theory of Everything.” Mezzo Cammin: An online journal of formalist poetry by women. < http://www.mezzocammin.com/> Vol. 5, Issue 1. June 2010.

    “Shift.” Dogwood: Journal of Poetry and Prose. Spring/Summer 2010.

    “Trainhopping.” Empty Shoes: Poems on the Hungry and the Homeless. Ed. J. Patrick Randolph. Elkhorn, WI: Popcorn Press, 2009.

    “In this Light,” “The Road to Statesboro,” “Heart Rot,” “Bowling in Heaven.” Mezzo Cammin: an online journal of formalist poetry by women.  < http://www.mezzocammin.com/> Vol. 3, Issue 2. Winter 2008.

    “Swamp Sanctuary.” The Lyric. Vol. 88, No. 2. Spring 2008.

  • Awards and Honors

    Recent Grants and Awards:

    2010 Idaho Humanities Council Planning Grant (with Dr. Rosanna Lauriola). “Humanities-Based Rape Awareness Workshop.”

    2010 William Allen Creative Nonfiction Prize, The Ohio State University

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