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Dr. Eleanor Boudreau

Assistant Professor of English

Eleanor Boudreau is a poet who has worked as a dry-cleaner and as a radio reporter. Her first book, Earnest, Earnest? (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020), won the 2019 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in Lit Hub, American Poetry Review, Tin House, Barrow Street, Waxwing, Copper Nickel, Electric Literature, Great Writers Inspire, and other venues.

Boudreau holds a B.A. in English from Harvard and a M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia. She spent about four years working for the NPR member-station in Memphis, WKNO-FM, and won a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her radio reporting. She then returned to school and earned a M.F.A. from the University of Houston and a Ph.D. from Florida State University, both in Creative Writing (Poetry). Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of West Alabama. 


  • Ph.D. Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL English Department, Creative Writing (Poetry) May 2021
  • M.F.A. University of Houston, Houston, TX English Department, Creative Writing (Poetry) May 2016
  • M.S. Columbia University, New York City, NY Graduate School of Journalism, Broadcast Journalism May 2009
  • B.A. Harvard College, Cambridge, MA Honors English and American Literature and Language May 2007
  • Recent Publications

  • Earnest, Earnest? (University of Pittsburgh Press) Winner of the 2019 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, selected from 639 manuscripts 2020
  • Finalist, The Medal Provocateur, Eric Hoffer Book Award The Medal Provocateur is an additional distinction awarded to books on the frontier of poetry 2021
  • Winner, Florida Book Award Silver Medal, Poetry Category 2020