Jeffrey Greene

Professor, Creative Writing Coordinator

  • Department: Comparative Literature and English
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    Wednesdays 12h30 - 13h30

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Professor Greene has taught creative writing courses at The American University of Paris since 2007. Before becoming a fulltime resident in France to join his wife and family, Greene was a tenured associate professor at the University of New Haven and taught briefly in the Goddard Master of Fine Arts program. He received degrees from Goddard College (BA), The Iowa Writers Workshop (MFA), and the University of Houston (PhD). Greene is the author of five collections of poems, a memoir, three personalized nature books, and a cross-genre book in collaboration with painter Ralph Petty. A fourth nature book, 7 Music Forests, is forthcoming. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the Rinehart Fund and Humanities Texas, and he received the Randall Jarrell Award, the "Discovery"/ The Nation Award, and Samuel French Morse Prize. His writing has appeared in many periodicals and anthologies, including the New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, Ploughshares, Agni Review, and the American Scholar.

While Greene honed his writing skills as a poet, he discovered the pleasures of writing imaginative prose, both fiction and creative nonfiction. He writes and publishes in three genres, giving him flexibility as a creative writing teacher to provide cross-genre workshops and lead advanced creative writing projects in courses, directed studies, and theses. 


  • PhD, University of Houston
  • MFA, University of Iowa
  • BA, Goddard College



MemoirFrench Spirits. William Morrow (US/Canada), 2002. HarperCollins (Australia/New Zealand), 2002. Prometheus/Bert Bakker (Holland), 2002. HarperPerennial (US/Canada) 2003. Transworld/Bantam (UK), 2003. BBArt (Czech Rep.), 2004. Varrak (Estonia), 2004.




Wild EdiblesIn Pursuit of Wild Edibles. University of Virginia Press, March 10, 2016.  





BoarThe Golden-Bristled Boar: Last Ferocious Beast of the Forest. University of Virginia Press, March 17, 2011 (US); Kindle 2012; Paper, 2013. Robert Hale, July 2011 (UK/Commonwealth).





WaterWater From Stone. Texas A&M University Press, 2007; paper 2008; Kindle 2012.




 Cross genre                 

Shades from other ShoreShades of the Other Shore. Poems, Dialogues, & Sketches in collaboration with painter Ralph Petty. Cahier Series, Center for Writers and Translators.  Sylph Editions UK, distributed in the US by U. of Chicago Press. 2013.




Beyond Our MeansBeyond Our Means. Aldrich Press, 2016.





MonstersBeautiful MonstersPecan Grove Press, August 2010.





AmericanAmerican Spirituals. Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1998. Samuel French Morse Prize.





LeftTo the Left of the Worshiper. Cambridge: Alice James Books, 1991.





GlimpseGlimpses of the Invisible World in New Haven. Atlanta:Coreopsis Books, 1995. Coreopsis Book Prize 





Musical settings
  • Across Time, Across Memory. Mirror Visions Ensemble.  Albany Classical                    

Conferences & Lectures

  • Numerous book tours in the USWorkshops in the US, France, Switzerland, and Italy. 
  • Radio guest KUT Morning News (Austin, TX), KUT John Aielli Show (Austin, TX), KERA Think (Dallas, TX), WBEZ World View (Chicago, IL), WPR Here on Earth (Madison, WI), Bill Thompson's Eye on Books(Washington, DC), KCUR The Walt Bodine Show (Kansas City, MO), WNHU (New Haven, CT), and KWMR Turning Pages at Nature's Pace (Point Reys Station, CA). 


  • Mirror Visions Ensemble
  • Associate Writing Programs
  • Poetry Society of America
  • Academy of American Poets

Research Areas

Literature and writing: poetry, fiction, personal nonfiction, nature, and travel.