Aaron M. Moe

Faculty Profiles

Aaron Moe

Aaron M. Moe

Assistant Professor
Environmental Studies
219 Spes Unica Hall

The Hebrew word for teach has, among its meanings: to aim or shoot like an arrow, to point like a finger, to flow like water.

Renee Moore

Teaching, for Aaron, involves the art of pointing students toward what is possible, and then supporting and encouraging students to follow those trajectories. He hopes that all students experience
and understand the work that storytelling and poetry-making accomplishes in individuals and in communities of readers. Such work is multifaceted, but, in general, it invites us to engage with trauma and healing, silence and voice, power and acts of resistance.

To get there, Aaron foregrounds what may open up if and when figures such as Kairos, or Proteus, or the Trickster become a force in one's consciousness.


PhD, Washington State University
MA, Union Institute
BA, Trinity Western University

Research Interests 

  • American literature
  • Ecocriticism
  • Ecopoetics
  • Animal studies
  • Zoopoetics

Courses Recently Taught 

  • ENLT 455: Emily Dickinson
  • ENLT 385: Critical Theory
  • ENLT 352: 20th Century American Literature
  • ENLT 351: 19th Century American Literature
  • ENLT 254: William Carlos Williams, the Poet Doctor
  • ENLT 253: Native American Literature
  • ENLT 251: African American Literature
  • ENLT 212: Ecopoetics & the Age of the Anthropocene
  • ENLT 211: Animals in Literature and Society
  • ENLT 109w: Mathematical Poiesis

Professional Experience 

  • E.E. Cummings Society, blog manager

Creative and Scholarly Work 

  • Zoopoetics: Animals and the Making of Poetry. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014.
  • “Toward a Zoopolis: Animal Poiesis and the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Brenda Hillman.” Forum for World Literature Studies 6, no. 1 (2014): 50–67.
  • “Toward Zoopoetics: Rethinking Whitman’s ‘original energy.’” Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 31, no. 1 (2013): 1–17.
  • “Trees, Ecophilia, & Ecophobia: A Look at Arboriculture along the Front Range Cities of Colorado.” The Journal of Ecocriticism: A New Journal of Nature, Society, and Literature 3, no. 2 (2011): 72–82.

Professional Memberships 

The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
The E. E. Cummings Society
Modern Language Association