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Berwyn J. Moore Brooker

  • Adjunct Lecturer
    English Department
  • Adjunct Faculty
    Honors Program

Berwyn Moore retired as full professor in 2018 and continues to teach part time as professor emerita. Since the beginning of her career in 1985, Moore has taught  a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including creative writing and literature, and advised Totem, Gannon's award-winning literary-art magazine. In 2012, Moore received the Gannon University Distinguished Faculty award.

Berwyn Moore's third book, Sweet Herbaceous Miracle, won the 2017 John Ciardi Poetry Prize and was published in 2018 by BkMl Press. She won the 2015 James Dickey Prize for Poetry from Five Pointsd: Jornal of Literaure and Art. She is the author of two additional collections of poetry, O Body Swayed  (Cherry Grove Collections, 2009) and Dissolution of Ghosts (Cherry Grove Collections, 2005), which was runner-up for the Lyre Prize in Poetry. She is the editor of the anthology Dwelling in Possibility: Voices of Erie County and served as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Erie County, Pennsylvania, from 2009 to 2010.

Her poems have appeared widely in national journals, including The Southern Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, Nimrod, Journal of the American Medical Association, Kansas Quarterly, Runes, Alehouse Review, Cimarron Review and others and in the anthologies, Common Wealth: Poets on Pennsylvania, Only Morning in Her Shoes, and  Life on the Line. She has poems posted on The Best American Poetry and An American Life in Poetry web sites. Her articles have been published in Public Health Reports, The World and I, and the Foreign Service Journal.

Her poetry has won awards from the Bellevue Literary Review, The Pinch Literary Journal, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Negative Capability Press, the Tom Howard Poetry Contest, and the Chester H. Jones Foundation.


Winner of the John Ciardi Book Prize for the  collection of poems, Sweet Herbaceous Miracle

First Place. James Dickey Award for Poetry from Five Points Journal of Literature and Art. 2015

Distinguished Factuly Award. Gannon University. 2012.

Second Place. Tom Howard/ John H. Reid National Poetry Contest. 2011.

Finalist. The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Contest. 2011.

Second Place. The Pinch Literary Award for Poetry. 2009

Runner-up / Finalist. Margie: An American Journal of Poetry, Editor’s Prize, for “Tweezing the  Bones,” 2008

First Place. Magliocco Prize for Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review. 2007.

Additional poetry awards from Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Bellingham Review, Nimrod Internaional Journal, New MIllennium, Ther Ledge, Briar Cliff Review, Negative Capability Press, and Chester H. Jones Foundation Poetry. Two Pushcart Prize nominations.





  • Associated Writing Programs
  • Academy of American Poets
  • Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • National Poetry Foundation
  • Poetry Society of America
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
  • Pennsylvania Humanities Council
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Sigma Tau Delta International English Society


Sweet Herbaceous Miracle. St. Louis, MO: BkMk Press, 2018.

O Body Swayed. Cincinnati: Cherry Grove Collections, 2009.

Dissolution of Ghosts. Cincinnati: Cherry Grove Collections, 2005. Runner-up for the Lyre

Dwelling in Possibility: Voices of Erie County, Ed. Gannon University Press, 2010.

Poetry in Journals and Anthologies:

Verse Daily, The Pinch, The Best American Poetry,  An American Life in Poetry. Poetry Foundation, Margie: The American Journal of Poetry, Alehouse,  Bellevue Literary Review, Nimrod International Journal: The Healing Arts,  Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts,  Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, .Along the Lake, Timber Creek Review, River Walk Journal: A Journal of Arts and Letters, New Zoo Poetry Review, Wild Violet, .Runes: A Review of Poetry,  Phoebe: Journal of Gender and Cultural Critiques,  Poetry Northwest ,REAL: The Journal of Liberal Arts,  Pudding: The International Journal of Applied Poetry, The Southern Review,  Iris, Midwest Poetry Review,  Mediphors: A Literary Journal of the Heath Professions, The Comstock Review,  The Journal of the American Medical Association,  Wisconsin Review, The Hiram Poetry Review, Voices International, Cimarron Review, Negative Capability,  Life on the Line: Selections on Words and Healing, and others.


“Silver Bird: How the DC-3 Contributed to Public Health in 1950’s Nepal.” Public Health
. 124.5 (September/October 2009): 751-757. Print. (Co-authored with George Moore, M.D.)

“Threats to Our Nation, 1957-1959: A Public Health Retrospective.” Public Health Reports. 124.
2 (March/April 2009): 323-327. Print. (Co-authored with George Moore, M.D.)

“Public Health Initiatives in the Four Corners of Colorado, 1955-1957. Public Health Reports 123.3 (May/June 2008): 376-381. Print. (Co-authored with George Moore, M.D.)

“Fighting Venereal Disease in Fayetteville, North Carolina, 1951-1952.” Public Health Reports  123. 2 (March/April 2008): 234-237. Print. (Co-authored with George Moore, M.D.)

“Partners for Peace: An American Doctor and Journalist in 1950’s Nepal.” Public Health
. 122.1 (January-February 2007): 105-111. Print. (Co-authored with George Moore, M.D.)

“An American Doctor in Nepal.” The World & I. (May 2006). #24999.  Web.  (Co-authored with  George Moore, M.D.)

“Experience of a U.S. Public Health Officer: 1950’s Nepal, Part II”. Public Health Reports.  120.5  (September/October 2005): 568-570. Print. (Co-authored with George Moore,  M.D.)

“Experience of a U.S. Public Health Officer: 1950’s Nepal, Part I”. Public Health Reports.  120.4  (July/August 2005): 463-466. Print. (Co-authored with George Moore, M.D.)

“Medical Diplomacy at Work in 1950’s Nepal”. Foreign Service Journal. 81.12 (December  2004): 41-47. Print. (Co-authored with George Moore, M.D.)

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