Janet Sylvester, PhD

Janet Sylvester is associate director of the low-residency undergraduate program at Goddard College in Vermont. She has taught creative and expository writing at Harvard University, Old Dominion University, and Ohio University, among others. Her first book of poetry, That Mulberry Wine, was published by Wesleyan University Press; her second, The Mark of Flesh, by W.W. Norton. Her new book, After-Hours at the Museum of Tolerance, is under consideration by publishers. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Poetry, Pushcart Prize XXVIII, Colorado Review, Triquarterly, and Boulevard Harvard Review. She has been awarded fellowships at Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Most recently, her work has been nominated for the 2018 Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome. She is the vice chair of the Northeast Council at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP).


  • PhD University of Utah