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Taylor, Ellen


Ellen Taylor
Professor of English

Office: 165 Jewett Hall, Augusta Campus
Phone: (207)621-3114
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B.A., Tulane University, 1982
M.A., University of New Hampshire, 1985
D.Ed., Harvard University, 1997


Professor of English, Dr. Ellen M. Taylor received her doctorate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at Harvard University, focusing on narrative development. She completed her BA in English at Tulane University, and her MA in poetry from the University of New Hampshire.

Her classes at UMA include Creative Writing, which focuses on the short story, poetry, and memoir; Poetry: Cross-Cultural Forms and Themes; Poetry of the Holocaust; Contemporary Latin American Literature, as well as Women and Gender Studies. Her research interests include literature and human rights, poetry of witness and marginalized voices. She teaches at the Maine State Prison in a B.A. program funded by the Sunshine Foundation, and on the outside, she frequently works with students on directed studies for individual writing projects. Her courses are a combination of lecture, discussion, and writing exercises. All are writing intensive.

Dr. Taylor has two poetry collections from Moon Pie Press, Compass Rose (2015), and Floating (2009), as well as two chapbooks Humming to Snails (2005), and Letters from the Third World by Sheltering Pines Press (2006). Taylor chairs the annual Terry Plunkett Maine Poetry Festival, held each April at UMA.   She has published in literary journals regionally, nationally, and in the West Indies, and Slovenia.

English Conference

Memoir Panel at ENG conference, April, 2016

She just finished a Fulbright semester in Slovenia, teaching Creative Writing and literature at the University in Ljubljana.


Poetry Publications

Compass Rose:  Moon Pie Press, 2015
Floating:  Moon Pie Press, 2009
Letters from the Third World: Sheltering Pines Press, 2005
Humming to Snails:  Moon Pie Press, 2004

Poetry published in the following journals:

American Conservatory of Letters
Connecticut River Review
Frost Notes
Newburyport Poetry Journal
North American Review
Northern New England Review
Off the Coast
Passages North
Wolf Moon Journal

Articles published:

Christian Science Monitor
Dressage Today
New Hampshire Seacoast Sunday
Portsmouth Magazine

Teaching Materials

Writing as a Process: A text for the Alianza Cultural Uruguay/Estados Unidos. 1987

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