Janice Townley Moore

Janice Townley Moore

Georgia Connection:

Young Harris


Janice Townley Moore, an Atlanta native, spent a long career in the English Department at Young Harris College in the mountains of North Georgia.  In the summers she and some of her colleagues attended the annual poetry workshops offered at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.  Guest poets of national prominence, such as Maxine Kumin, Ed Hirsch, and Mary Oliver, were invited as instructors for the workshops, followed by readings in the evenings.  Such a poetic opportunity led to improved poetry and publication by “the mountain poets,” as they came to be known. Over the ensuing years, Moore‘s poems have been published in literary journals, such as The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Shenandoah, The South Carolina Review, and others.  Anthologies that contain her poems include, The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Listen Here:  Women Writing in Appalachia, In a Fine Frenzy:  Poets Respond to Shakespeare, and in two volumes of The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press). For a dozen years, she served as poetry editor for Georgia Journal, a state magazine published in Athens.  Currently she helps edit poetry for The Pharos, publication of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Poem in the Parks: “Beech Trees in Winter”

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Two Poems at the Cortland Review

Georgia Poetry in the Parks