Full Worm Moon

Winner, Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Award

Honorable Mention, Book of the Year Award, Conference on Christianity & Literature

Includes Five Poems Nominated for the Pushcart Prize

“What if the beautiful day is over?” wonders Julie Moore in her shattering new collection. . . . And indeed, poems about the end of a marriage wring the reader. Cycling through a year’s full moons, these poems bear witness to ridicule, violence, and pitilessness. But wait–just as prayer can exorcise broken promises, so too can the natural world’s rising sap and irises mirror and enable human healing.

Anya Silver

Particular Scandals

Particular Scandals a Dayton, Ohio, Must-Read Book of 2014

Broad in scope—theological, ecological, and personal—and acutely particular in details—witnessed and lived—the affecting poems in Particular Scandals explore how one endures suffering, avoiding the clichés of both bitterness and transcendence.

The world’s stubborn strangeness, its painful loveliness, and the search for traces of God amidst its people and creatures—Julie L. Moore braids all of these obsessions beautifully together into these luminous, resonant, unflinching poems, and somehow finds hope for this world among it all.


Slipping Out of Bloom

The quiet lyrics of Julie Moore’s Slipping Out of Bloom are infused with a sense of wonder at the world’s minute beauty, unfolding their observations and revelations, as their forms / like phantoms / blur between earth / and air.

“What poetry can be made of [those] sufferings none of us want to live the first time around? Fine poetry, it turns out, that offers neither a romantic whitewash nor despairing doubt, but a series of beautiful particulars that offer clarity, beauty, and ‘amens’ in the midst of a world unlikely to change. Readers will be freshly charged to see joy in the scandal of living.”

Leslie Leyland Fields


  • October 5, 2021


    A Virtual Book Launch for Kimberly Ann Priest‘s collection of poetry, Slaughter the One Bird. In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Kimberly will be reading poems from her new book, and I will be reading poetry with fellow poets Allison Blevins, Traci Brimhall, Lisa Fay Coutley, Sara Henning, Sally Rosen Kindred, Connie Post, Monica Prince, and Kim Young.

  • October 9, 2021

    Lit Youngstown’s 2021 Literary Festival

    The Literary Intersection of the South and the Midwest: A Cross-Racial Reading Exposing and Dismantling Whiteness

    Joint reading with Angela Jackson-Brown

  • FALL 2020

    Taylor University Homecoming

    Taylor Talk

    Joint reading with Daniel Bowman, Jr.


Verse Daily Features

  • Four days after Mother’s Day,” August 24, 2018 (from Full Worm Moon)
  • Clifton Gorge,” September 4, 2013 (from Particular Scandals) *This poem was also featured on Poetry Daily, but since PD’s archives only cover one year, it’s no longer accessible there.
  • Joy,” September 11, 2011 (from Slipping Out of Bloom)


  • “Recovery,” Poem of the Week, The Missouri Review Online (January 23, 2011)
  • Many Poems featured on Your Daily Poem. The poems can be read in YDR archives
  • “Full Thunder Moon” featured on Image Journal‘s Good Letters Poetry Friday blog, with reflection written by poet Tania Runyan (my poem originally appeared in Issue 88 of Image)










My Story

I grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, and transformed from Jersey Girl to Heartland Lover when I came to college in rural, southwestern Ohio, in the early 1980s. I earned my B.A. in English and then earned my M.A. in English at the University of Dayton. I subsequently taught for ten years at our nation’s oldest private, historical black liberal arts college, Wilberforce University. I later returned to my alma mater, Cedarville University, where I taught for 18 years. I now direct the writing center at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

I spent my childhood years filling spiral notebooks with poetry and stories. Despite feeling “called” to write, I became sidetracked by the world of academia and a genuine enjoyment for—as well as the work load required by—teaching. In my mid-thirties, however, I realized I might die without ever fulfilling my dream of writing a book.

Panic-driven and poetry-inspired, I began to read every contemporary poet I could get my hands on. And I kept reading. In 2005, I also participated in the Antioch Writers’ Workshop (AWW), which greatly expanded my creative thinking and writing skills. I’ve also participated in Image Journal‘s Glen Workshop the last few summers, always an enriching experience for me. I consider every writer I read a mentor and the hours spent reading my life-long education.

Much of my work explores “place” in its broadest sense: Some poems revel in the wonder of creation or bemoan the damages it’s sustained, both here in the Midwest and across the globe. Other poems explore the place of faith amid great pain–and the necessary place of pain amid faith. Most recently, my poetry focuses on themes of anti-racism and the devastating consequences of whiteness.

The poetic exploration of such themes yields an abundance of questions and an abundance of discovery, including the need to confess our nation’s evils and establish a just society. These are the daunting themes my poetry addresses. And every time I begin to write a poem, intimidation sits on my shoulder, whispering in my ear, “Who do you think you are? This is beyond you. Don’t even try.”

Let’s Get in Touch

Taylor University
236 W. Reade Ave.
Upland, IN 46989


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