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Janet Holmes

Professor of English janetholmes_new_med
Director, Ahsahta Press | (208) 426-3134 | UBA-117

Janet Holmes is author of five books of poems, most recently The ms of my kin (Shearsman, 2009) and F2F (University of Notre Dame Press). Her work has received the Chad Walsh Prize, the Ernest Sandeen Award, the Minnesota Book Award, the Anhinga Prize, the Pablo Neruda Award, and grants from the Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, the Loft, the Minnesota Arts Board and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. With an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College and a B.A. from Duke University, she teaches poetry writing and form and theory in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. She is director and editor of Ahsahta Press, an all-poetry independent press at Boise State University, and has taught at the university since 1999.


  • M.F.A., Warren Wilson College
  • B.A., Duke University


20th Century American Poetry, the Objectivists, the New York School, Oulipo, Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov, Emily Dickinson, formalisms

Recent Publications

  • The ms of my kin (Shearsman, 2009)
  • F2F (University of Notre Dame Press, 2006)
  • Humanophone (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001)
  • The Green Tuxedo (winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize, University of Notre Dame Press, 1998)
  • The Physicist at the Mall (winner of the Anhinga Prize, judged by Joy Harjo, Anhinga Press, 1994)


  • ENGL 406/G: Advanced Poetry Writing
  • ENGL 507: Small Press Production
  • ENGL 522: MFA Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 527: Small Press Editorial Seminar
  • ENGL 532: Form and Theory of Poetry
  • ENGL 570: Literary Movements

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