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Jeff Westover

Professor, Internship Coordinator

(208) 426-1232 | LA-211C

Jeff Westover teaches courses in modern and contemporary American literature, and poetry. His research focuses mostly on poetry. He has published on American authors ranging from Herman Melville and Henry James to Marianne Moore, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, and James Merrill.


  • Ph.D., English, Boston College
  • M.A., English, Northeastern University
  • B.A., English, Hiram College


Poetry, modern and contemporary American literature

Recent Publications

  • “Media, Mimesis, and the Figure of the Orphan in William Carlos Williams’s Life Along the Passaic River,” William Carlos Williams Review 31.1 (Spring 2014): 53-77.
  • “Voicing Political Justice and Personal Dignity in African American Sonnets” in A Companion to Poetic Genre. Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture. Ed. Erik Martiny. Blackwell, 2012. 234-49. (7,000 words). Peer-reviewed.
  • “Poetry: 1900 to the 1950s,” American Literary Scholarship: An Annual 2013 (Duke University Press, 2015). pp. 343-371.
  • Review of Charles Altieri’s Wallace Stevens and the Demands of Modernity (Cornell, 2013), Style 49.4 (2015): 561-565.
  • “The Grace of the Daily,” 3,100-word review of Siobhan Phillips’ The Poetics of the Everyday, in Twentieth-Century Literature 58.3 (Fall 2012): 532-39. Published April 2013.


  • ENGL 385 Studies in Poetry
  • ENGL 387 Modern and Contemporary American Literature

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