About the Author

Annabelle Moseley at the Walt Whitman Birthplace

Annabelle Moseley at the Walt Whitman Birthplace

Annabelle Moseley is the author of the full-length poetry collection, The Clock of the Long Now, published in 2012 by David Robert Books and honored as one of four books featured on the 2012 First Books Panel at the West Chester Poetry Conference.  Moseley has seven published chapbooks of poetry, including her newest, The Divine Tour (Finishing Line Press, 2012), The Fish Has Swallowed Earth (Aldrich Publishing, 2012),  A Field Guide to the Muses (Finishing Line Press, 2009), a young adult fantasy novel, and a collection of children’s poetry.  The first Walt Whitman Birthplace Writer-in-Residence, 2009-2010, Moseley is also founder and editor of String Poet, an online literary journal of poetry and the arts, and the host of The New York Times-featured String Poet Studio Series at the Long Island Violin Shop. She is founder of the national String Poet Prize.  Moseley is a Lecturer at St. Joseph’s College and teaches poetry workshops at the Walt Whitman Birthplace and other cultural centers in the New York/ Long Island area.  A 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee, Moseley has published hundreds of poems internationally in such journals as Oprah.com, The Texas Review, The Seventh Quarry (Wales), The Lyric, Mezzo Cammin, and Umbrella, among others.  Her first three chapbooks of poetry, published from 2005 to 2008 include: The Moon is a Lemon (Birnham Wood), Artifacts of Sound (Street Press), and Still Life (Street Press). Annabelle Moseley’s chapbook, First and Last Things, is a shared collection with the Welsh poet J. C. Evans, published jointly in New York and Wales by Cross-Cultural Communications.  Moseley won first place in the 2008 Writer’s Digest Poetry Contest and a 2008 Amy Award from Poets & Writers.  In April 2011, her poem “Breakable,” was chosen by O, The Oprah Magazine as one of the twelve poems selected from thousands to be featured on Oprah.com.

Annabelle Moseley was born on the North Shore of Long Island, where she currently resides with her husband. The beauty of Whitman’s Paumanok has influenced her writing, and much of her work is inspired by nature and human relationships. Among the themes of her writing is the tension between beauty and loss.  She became an internationally published poet while still an undergraduate at Fairfield University in Connecticut.  She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  Upon leaving Fairfield University she took with her all three of the available prizes in poetry.  The next year she received a first place Poetry Center Prize in Poetry from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University.  She holds an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Religious Studies, with a concentration and thesis on the medieval pilgrimage.  She served for three years (2005-2008) as Poet-in-Residence at The Stevenson Academy of Fine Arts in Oyster Bay, New York.