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
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.
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.
My Favorite Poem Project
In celebration of National Poetry Month
Hosted by the Washington-Centerville Public Library in Centerville, Ohio, My Favorite Poem Project was an event that took place on Zoom on April 7. Twenty Miami Valley poets read one or two poems. I was delighted to be invited to join many of my longtime friends as I read my new poem “Devil’s Backbone.” You can now watch the reading on YouTube.
Art of Questions Poetry Reading with Marjorie Maddox
May 16, International Day of Light, at 7:30 on Zoom
Stay tuned for more information!
I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing Poetry Reading
sponsored by Ohio University
May 18, 2022, 7-9 p.m. on Zoom
Click here to register
Poetry readings will take place all over the state of Ohio from the anthology of Appalachian voices compiled by Ohio Poet Laureate, Kari Gunter-Seymour. More information about all these readings is available on her website. Click on the title to order copies of I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing. I am thrilled to have my poem “The Jersey Girl Adjusts to Rural Living” included in it.
I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing Poetry Reading (In-person)
National Federation of State Poetry Societies Convention sponsored by the Ohio Poetry Association
June 23, 2022, 8-10 p.m.
Lewis Center, Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Dr.
Lewis Center, OH 43035
Poetry readings will take place all over the state of Ohio from the anthology of Appalachian voices compiled by Ohio Poet Laureate, Kari Gunter-Seymour. More information about all these readings is available on her website. Click on the title to order copies of I Thought I Heard a Cardinal Sing. I am thrilled to have my poem “The Jersey Girl Adjusts to Rural Living” included in it. Stay tuned for the zoom link!
Book me to read in-person or over Zoom through my contact page!
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)
- “Moon When All Things Ripen,” Autumn Sky Poetry
ANTIRACIST WRITING (BLACK LIVES MATTER!)
- “Somewhere in Indiana” in Rise Up Review
- “Suffer the Little Children” in Saint Katherine Review (January 24, 2022)
- “Underground Railroad” in The Other Journal (December 2021)
- “Hush Harbor” in Ekstasis (November 2021)
- “Ode to Cariol Horne” and “Tornado Siren” in New Verse News (April 20 & 30, 2021)
- “Lesson on Nostalgia” in Pensive: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts (Spring 2021)
- “Working Backwards” in Tipton Poetry Journal, on pp. 15-16 (Winter 2021)
- “Bony Labyrinth” in Bearings Online
- “American Diptych” and “Amid Interruptions, Samuel A. Cartwright Pontificates about Drapetomania to a Friend over Fine Dining, New Orleans, June, 1851,” African American Review (Vol. 53.4/Winter 2020)
- “The Color White” in Tipton Poetry Journal, on pp. 6-9 (Fall 2020)
- “The National Memorial for Peace and Justice” in Image Journal (Spring 2020)
- “Spiritus Mundi,” Green Briar Review (Dec. 25, 2021)
- “Learning to Long for the Beloved Community,” in Christianity Today (Aug. 10, 2020)
- “Silent Night,” in Relief Journal (2018)
THE PROPHETESS POEMS
- “The Prophetess (Isaiah’s Wife),” Reformed Journal
- “Miriam Contemplates Her Condition” & “Jezebel Calls Herself a Prophet,” Ekstasis
- “Huldah Prophesies” and “Rachel” in Amethyst Review
- “Abigail Grows Brave” and “Ode to Deborah (Mother of Israel),” in American Diversity Report (Dec. 2020 & Jan. 2021)
- “The False Prophetess Noadiah” (January 31, 2022) and “Anna” (December 3, 2020) in Vita Poetica
OTHER POEMS ONLINE
- “Nurse in Need,” in Thimble Literary Magazine
- “Washing My Daughter’s Hair” and thirteen other poems in The Christian Century
- “Photograph, circa 1986” in Whale Road Review
- “Uneasy Peace” and “Trail Beside a Wetland” in Gyroscope Review (spring 2021)
- “Beloved Son” in ASCENT (September 25, 2020)
- “Canary” in One (Issue 21, June 2020)
- “Speed Reading” in Cumberland River Review (Issue 9-2)
- “Pairing” in Valparaiso Poetry Review (Fall/Winter 2018-2019)
- “New Year’s Eve” in Whale Road Review (Winter 2019)
- “I never met a flower that yelled at me,” New Ohio Review (Fall 2017)
- “Lump” in Alaska Quarterly Review
- “Clear Water” in ASCENT
- “In Which the Magpie Resurrects the Voice of Henry David Thoreau” in The Ekphrastic Review
- “Following the Light” in The Ekphrastic Review
- “In a parallel universe” in The Cresset
- “Nest in a Winter Tree” in Cumberland River Review
- “Big Basin Sagebrush” in the Fall 2016/Winter 2017 issue of Valparaiso Poetry Review
- “Full Hunger Moon” in Issue 5 of Whale Road Review (Winter 2017)
- “Four Days after Mother’s Day” in The National Poetry Review
- “Walking on the Roof,” Redheaded Stepchild
- “Cooper’s Hawks, Santa Fe National Forest,” in Clementine Unbound
- “Coming Close” and “Sightseeing” reprinted in Canary
- “Following the Light” in ASCENT.
- “There Is No Violence Here” and “Ohio,” reprinted in Verse-Virtual (May 2015)
- “No Heaven” in The 55 Project (July 2014)
- “Molasses” in Cumberland River Review (July 2013)
- “Art Affair on the Square” and “Yellow Springs, Ohio” in Flights (2013)
- “Cryoseism” and “Vessels” in ducts.org (Summer 2013)
- “Barn Burning” in Valparaiso Poetry Review (Spring/Summer 2013)
- “This is the landscape left” and “After Watering” in Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environments(spring/summer 2012)
- Three Poems, “Amen and Amen,” “Harnessing Infinity,” and “Particular Scandals,” in Poemeleon (“The Open Issue,” Summer/Fall 2011)
- Two Poems, “Backfire,” and “Voice,” in Switched-on-Gutenberg (“Accidental,” Issue 17)
- “The Grass Grows Ordinary” in Conte: A Journal of Narrative Writing (Issue 6.2, February 2011)
- Two poems, “The Problem with School” and “Windfall,” in Verse Wisconsin (Issue 103, Summer 2010; “The Problem with School” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize)
- “Press Release: 10 June 2010” in Poets for Living Waters
- Three Poems, “Grand Entrance,” “Pessimist,” and “Reflection” in Orion Headless
- Two poems, “Does soil hurt” and “Inspiration,” with audio, in Terrain.org (Spring/Summer 2010, No. 25)
- “One December Evening” in Assisi: An Online Journal of Arts & Letters (Spring 2010)
- “Dirty Nails” and “The Slip” in ducts.org (December 2010)
- “Going Home” in Halfway Down the Stairs
- “Buck” and “Evolution” in Apple Valley Review (Winter 2008)
- “Afterlife” in the Valparaiso Poetry Review (Fall 2008)
ONLINE REVIEWS OF MY BOOKS
- Review: Full Worm Moon in Valparaiso Poetry Review
- Review: Full Worm Moon in New Pages
- Review: Particular Scandals in Christianity and Literature
- Review: Particular Scandals in Ruminate
- Lynn Domina Reviews Particular Scandals
- Ed Davis Reviews Julie L. Moore’s Particular Scandals in Meredith Sue Willis’s Books for Readers #164
- Featured Book, Blogalicious, Poet Diane Lockward’s Blog
- “Creative Lives,” Ruminate Magazine, with Melissa Reese Poulin
- My Writing Process Blog Tour, Writer Ed Davis’s Blog (August 18)
- Journey into Poetry, tweetspeak: the best in poetry and poetic things
- Julie Moore’s Next Big Thing, Poet Molly Spencer’s Blog (February 11, 2013)
- Poet Julie L. Moore Talks Writing, Reading, and Inspiration, The Writing Center at PCCC (September 2013)
WRITING CENTER PUBLICATIONS
Peer-Reviewed Article, “Designing Tutor Guides to Enhance Effectiveness Across Disciplines and with Special Demographics,” The Writing Lab Newsletter, December 2009/January 2010, with CU consultants Erin SanGregory and Sarah Matney and OSU Tutor Julie Morris. Accessible at https://wlnjournal.org/archives/v34/34.4-5.pdf and cited in Catherine Savini’s “An Alternative Approach to Bridging Disciplinary Divides,” The Writing Lab Newsletter, March/April 2011 at https://wlnjournal.org/archives/v35/35.7-8.pdf.
OTHER SITES OF INTEREST
- The Glen Workshop
- Festival of Faith and Writing
- Finishing Line Press
- WordTech Editions
- The Poiema Poetry Series at Cascade Books
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, historically black liberal arts college (HBCU), Wilberforce University.
I later returned to my alma mater, Cedarville University, where I taught for 18 years. I left CU after the school instituted a censorship policy against faculty protests, a departure I’ve written about at Dr. William Trollinger’s excellent forum for scholarly conversations about Christianity, culture, politics, and higher education, Righting America.
I now direct the Writing Center at Taylor University and teach in the English Department there. Located in Upland, Indiana, I’ve found a home in Taylor, which is a place that fosters open discourse as it likewise integrates our faith in intentional community. Taylor also boasts some fantastic writers, including my colleague, Dan Bowman.
But back to my writing story! 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
Invitations to read at your school, cafe, library, or festival are welcome! I do readings in-person and online via Zoom.
You can contact me by using the form below
or by writing me at
236 W. Reade Ave.
Upland, IN 46989