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


  • An Evening of Poetry and Spiritual Reflection
    with Malcolm Guite
    Thursday, May 11, 2023, 7 p.m.

    Join us for an evening of poetry with Malcolm Guite to celebrate the publication of the Christian Century‘s newest book Taking Root in the Heart: 34 Poets from the Christian Century, edited by our poetry editor, Jill Peláez Baumgaertner. Reading and lecture with a reception following.

    Malcolm Guite, the featured speaker at the book launch of Taking Root in the Heart: 34 Poets from the Christian Century (Paraclete), is an Anglican priest, a poet, an academic, and a singer-songwriter. He has written fourteen books of poetry, theology, and literary criticism and was a Chaplain for twenty years at Girton College, Cambridge where he remains Supernumerary Fellow. Guite lectures widely in the U. S. and England on theology and the imagination and the ways that poetry can re-awaken our prayer life.

    Julie is one of the 34 poets included in this new anthology!

    A copy of Taking Root in the Heart is included with every ticket.

    Dessert reception and cash bar following the lecture.

    Questions? Feel free to call Heidi at 312-263-7510 x 229.

    Dessert and cash bar will be available following the lecture.

    Location: Arts Club of Chicago, 201 E. Ontario, Chicago

  • Book me to read in-person or over Zoom through my contact page!



  • Bathing Beauties,” Web Weekly Feature, Verse Daily, October 17, 2022, from Quartet
  • Four days after Mother’s Day,” Poem of the Day, Verse Daily, August 24, 2018 (from Full Worm Moon)
  • Clifton Gorge,” Poem of the Day, Verse Daily, September 4, 2013 (from Particular Scandals)
  • “Clifton Gorge,” Poem of the Day, Poetry Daily, August 29, 2013
  • Joy,” September 11, 2011 (from Slipping Out of Bloom)
  • The Painted Lady and the Thistle,” Web Weekly Feature, Verse Daily, May 2, 2011 (from Pirene’s Fountain and appears in Particular Scandals)


  • “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










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 and cited in Catherine Savini’s “An Alternative Approach to Bridging Disciplinary Divides,” The Writing Lab Newsletter, March/April 2011 at


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, 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.”

Invitations to read at your school, cafe, library, or festival are welcome! I do readings in-person and online via Zoom, and I can teach poetry workshops, too.

I also offer consultations on Writing Center work in three specific areas: how to develop a Writing Center at your school, organization, or business; how to train peer tutors; and how to pursue Critical Language Awareness (CLA) in your Writing Center.

You can contact me by using the form below
or by writing me at

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


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