Dr. Jenny Mueller

Photo of Jenny Mueller, Ph.D.Professor of English

Office: Carnegie Hall 215

Phone: (618) 537-6459


Ph.D., University of Utah

M.F.A., University of Iowa

M.A., University of Chicago

B.A., University of Chicago


Work in Progress

Currently working on a second poetry manuscript (as yet untitled) and completing a poetry chapbook, Landscape with Astonished Figures.

Books of Poetry

Bonneville (Elixir Press, 2007)

Diorama (chapbook, Polyphemus Press, 1999)

Anthology Publications

My poetry and prose have been gathered in several anthologies, including Best American Poetry (eds. A.R. Ammons and David Lehman, Simon and Schuster, 1994), The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (ed. Reginald Shepherd, U of Iowa Press, 2004), and A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line (eds. Anton Vander Zee and Emily Rosko, U of Iowa Press, 2011).

Recent Publications

I have published poetry in numerous magazines and journals, including Atlantic Monthly, Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, Fence, Interim, New American Writing, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, and others. Most recently my poems have been published in Crazyhorse, Fifth Wednesday, and the online literary magazine Hinchas de Poesia. In 2014, my poems will appear in Court Green and Colorado Review.

Teaching Interests

Creative writing (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction)

20th-century American and English poetry

Advisor to Montage (McKendree student literary magazine)

Teaching Philosophy

In teaching literature and creative writing, what’s most important to me is to help students understand how much of the great literature they study is really just the hard and messy process of writing. Writers, even those writers history has deemed “great,” do not just put what is in their brilliant heads down on paper; they have to sort their ways through language. The ideas, the characters, and the images emerge from the words, not the other way around. (There’s no better way to learn this than to try it yourself, in a creative writing class!)


2008 Literary Award, Illinois Arts Council

Organizations & Memberships

Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Modern Language Association

Other Information

With Brian Young, I have edited a chapbook series called West Town Press. Currently based in St. Louis, the press publishes work by emerging and established poets.

I serve as the contact person for my mother, the poet Lisel Mueller, and am currently working on collecting her unpublished writings for documentation.