Angela Sorby



My area of specialization is American poetry: reading it, interpreting it, and writing it. I am especially interested in how poetry engages with children and childhood. Current book projects include a critical study of cuteness, charm, and enchantment in nineteenth-century American poetry and (with Sandra Lee Kleppe) an edited collection on interdisciplinary poetry and pedagogy.

Forthcoming work includes “Conjuring Readers: Antebellum African-American Children’s Poetry,” a chapter in Anna Mae Duane and Kate Capshaw Smith, eds., Early African-American Children’s Literature (U of Minnesota P); “Baby to Baby: Lydia Sigourney and the Origins of Cuteness,” a chapter in Mary Lou Kete and Elizabeth Petrino, eds., Reconsidering Lydia Sigourney (U of Massachusetts P); “A Dimple in the Tomb: Cuteness in Emily Dickinson,” an article in ESQ; “Limn,” a poem in Feminist Studies; “The Boring Side of the Family,” a poem in Tina Schumann, ed., Two Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents (Red Hen P) and “Exercise,” a poem in Poetry Northwest.

Past work includes a critical study, Schoolroom Poets (UPNE, 2005), an anthology co-edited with Karen Kilcup, Over the River and Through the Wood (Hopkins, 2013); and three collections of poetry: Distance Learning (New Issues, 1998), Bird Skin Coat (Wisconsin, 2009), and The Sleeve Waves (Wisconsin, 2014).

Teaching Fields

Office Hours

Spring 2019

Teaching Schedule

Spring 2019

Research Interests

Selected Publications

sleeve wavesOver the River bookbird skin coat BookBook




English Department

Marquette University, Marquette Hall 115 (campus map)
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
(414) 288-7179
Visit our contact page for more information.