CFP for Moore Society @ ALA in San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018


Marianne Moore Society Call for Papers, ALA 2018 can now be viewed on the Moore Society website:



Emily Setina wins 1st Annual Marianne Moore Essay Prize


We are pleased to announce that the first Annual Marianne Moore Essay Prize goes to EMILY SETINA, of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for her essay “Marianne Moore’s Postwar Fables and the Politics of Indirection,” PMLA 131.5 (October 2016): 1256-1273.

The award is accompanied by a check in the amount of $500.

Judges Statement:

We have selected Emily Setina’s groundbreaking  “Marianne Moore’s Postwar Fables and the Politics of Indirection” as the winner for 2016. The essay focuses on an important but rarely discussed part of Moore’s corpus, her translations of The Fables of La Fontaine, and reads them in the light of her wartime and postwar poetry, and her conversations with contemporaries about how to respond to the international crisis. The essay stands out for its innovative historical and biographical research, its cogent analysis, and its significance for both Moore scholars and readers of modern poetry more broadly.

—Prof. Bonnie Costello (Boston University) and Prof. Cristanne Miller (SUNY Buffalo)


Congratulations to all entrants on their excellent contributions to Moore studies.

Poetry Writing Workshop at the Rosenbach

from Sara Davis, Manager of Marketing & Communications at the Rosenbach: 

Hello MMS! Just a quick notice that the Rosenbach is hosting our first ever Poetry Writing Workshop, and the group will be looking closely at Marianne Moore’s manuscripts and revisions as they discuss the poetic process.

I thought this might be of interest to Philadelphia-area Mooreans.

I hope to be back in touch soon to announce the reopening of Moore’s room in our museum.


Thanks, Sara!

Moore Archive at MSA17 in Boston


msa17LogoIf you’ll be in Boston for the annual meeting of the Modernist Studies Association next weekend, we hope you’ll come by the Digital Exhibits Showcase to get an early peek at the Marianne Moore Archive: Notebooks Project. In addition to a demo version of the digital edition of the notebooks, we’ve started to prepare some additional resources of interest to society members, including a timeline of Moore’s life and works and a searchable digital version of the hard-to-find Marianne Moore Newsletters edited by Patricia Willis in the 1970s and 1980s.

We’ll have an open table Friday, November 20, 9am-1pm in the Staffordshire Foyer, Westin Copley Place.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

~Cristanne Miller

Moore Reads “Bird-witted”


This video was forwarded by Patricia Willis. It was featured as the Video of the Day for October 19, 2015 on the Washington Post’s Doonesbury site.

For some additional entertainment, you might compare the published poem to Youtube’s automatic audio captioning, which renders the opening of the poem as follows:

bird wicked will
emotion wide pen going on the three largest
fledging mockingbirds below the pussy willow tree
then in a row Wiens cutting feebly some
jealousy there are no longer larger mother bringing something which were
see you want them toward the high key
intermittent squeak unbroken carries spring
made by 3 similar meet
coated Birds Eye focal form she come and when
from the beach golan the still living beetle has dropped down
she picked it up and put it in again standing in the shade
to allay have drenched the thickly filament in pale pussy willow surface
codes they spread tail and wings
showing one by one the modernist
whites stride link fires on the tail and cross one
underneath the win and the accordion is closed again