On Writing The Middle Room


The acclaimed poet revisits the creative process behind her 2007 memoir—and shares pages from the original manuscript.

A native of San Diego, Jennifer Moxley is a poet, editor, and French translator. She holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island and an M.F.A. from Brown University. Moxley is the author of For the Good of All, Do Not Destroy the Birds (2021), Druthers (2018), Clampdown (Flood, 2009), The Middle Room (Subpress, 2007), The Line (Post-Apollo, 2007), Often Capital (Flood, 2005), The Sense Record and other poems (Edge, 2002), and Imagination Verses (Tender Buttons, 1996). Robert Creeley chose her poem “Behind the Orbits” for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2002. In 2015, Moxley’s the Open Secret won the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. Moxley teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Maine and has been the poetry editor for The Baffler magazine since 1997.