Karen Moloney

Dr. Karen Marguerite Moloney, Professor of English

Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles
M.A.,, Creative Thesis (Poetry), Brigham Young University
M.L.S. Brigham Young University

Office: EH 443
Phone: 801-626-6250
Email: kmoloney@weber.edu

Teaching and Research Interests:

Twentieth- and Twenty-first-century British Literature; Irish and Anglo-Irish Literature; Post-colonial Literature; Drama and Playwriting; Poetry; Creative Nonfiction; Creative Writing; Composition

Recent Graduate Courses:

The Belfast Group of Irish Poets, Twentieth-century Irish Drama, Literary Legacies of the British Empire, Once, Twice--and Counting: The Britannic and Irish Response to a World at War, Seamus Haney and the Sovereignty Motif in Irish Literature

Recent Undergraduate Courses (some with a parallel graduate course):

Twentieth-century English and Anglo-Irish Literature:1950-, Twentieth-century English and Anglo-Irish Literature: 1900-1950, The Literature of Ireland, Introduction to Poetry, Creative Writing, Intermediate College Composition

Other Past Courses at WSU:

Politics and Art in the Poetry of Seamus Haney, Contemporary Irish Poetry, Gender, Politics, and Post colonialism, Post colonial Literary Legacies of the British Empire, British Romanticism, The Creation of a New South Africa, Critical Theory, Introduction to Literature, Introduction to Fiction, Poetry Writing, Fiction Writing, Advanced College Writing, College Writing

Publications, Production, and Presentations:


  • Seamus Heaney and the Emblems of Hope.  Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2007.

Playwriting and Producing:

  • Watermarked. Weber State University Eccles Theater, Val. A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts, Ogden, Utah, October 1, 2015. Sold-out workshop production (120 seats) of the three-act play adapted by Karen Marguerite Moloney from her memoir "Watermarked" (Memoir 14 [2013]: 14-28). Directed by John Campbell Finnegan.

Critical Essays and Interview:

Critical Essays and Interview:

  • “Above the Battlefield: A Conversation with Michael Longley.” Weber: The Contemporary West 26 (Spring / Summer 2010): 3-14.
  • "Saints for All Seasons: Lavina Fielding Anderson and Bernard Shaw’s Joan of Arc.” Dialogue  36 (Fall 2003): 27-39.
  • “Molly Astray: Revisioning Ireland in Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney.” Twentieth Century Literature 46 (Fall 2000): 285-310.
  • "Re-envisioning Yeats' ‘The Second Coming’:  Desmond O'Grady and the Charles River."  Learning the Trade: Essays on W. B. Yeats and Contemporary Poetry. Ed. Deborah Fleming.  West Cornwall, CT:  Locust Hill Press, 1993.  135-147. Reprint in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism. Vol. 93.  Ed. Jennifer Balse.  Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group, 2000.  393-398.
  • "Demystifying Writing Across Disciplinary and Cultural Bounds:  The Subconscious as Ally."  Academic Literacies in Multicultural Higher Education.  Ed. Thomas Hilgers, Virginia Chattergy, and M. Wunsch.  Manoa:  University of Hawaii Press, 1992.
  • "Heaney's Love to Ireland." Twentieth Century Literature 37 (Fall 1991): 273-288.    


  • Review of An Autumn Wind, by Derek Mahon (Loughcrew, County Meath, Ireland: Gallery Press, 2010. Estudios Irlandeses 6 (2011): 178-180.
  • Review of The Island: Poems, by Michael White (Port Townsend, WA:  Copper Canyon Press, 1992. Weber Studies 10 (Fall 1993): 147-148.
  • "Songs of the Old/Oldsongs."  Review of Only Morning in Her Shoes: Poems about Old Women, ed. Leatrice Lifshitz (Logan, Utah:  Utah State University Press, 1990). Dialogue 25 (Spring 1992): 176-178.    
  • Review of Turn Again Home, by Herbert Harker (New York:  Random House, 1977). Sunstone 3 (November- December 1977):  32-33.

Anthologized Poems:

  • “Relinquishing,” in Discoveries: Two Centuries of Poems by Mormon Women, Susan Elizabeth Howe and Sheree Maxwell Bench, eds. Provo, UT: AML, 2004; 2nd ed. published by BYU Studies, 2009. 

  • "Snowfall on Glenflesk,” “The Viewing,” “The Truant Officer Recalls Sweet Maggie,” and “Relinquishing,”in Harvest: Contemporary Mormon Poems, Eugene England and Dennis Clark, eds. Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1989. 214-218.


  • "Day Dreams,” Dialogue 26 (Fall 1993): 223-224.
  • “The Viewing,” Sunstone 13 (April 1989): 36.
  • “Snowfall on Glenflesk,” Dialogue 22 (Spring 1989): 86.
  • “The Truant Officer Recalls Sweet Maggie,” The Jacaranda Review 3 (Fall/Winter 1988): 32-33.
  • “A Bread-and-butter Note,” Sunstone 12 (January 1988): 26.
  • “Recollections from an Ex,” Dialogue 20 (Summer 1987): 88-89. 
  • “Emily Rose,” The Jacaranda Review 2 (Fall 1986): 20.
  • “Relinquishing,” Westwind 29 (Spring 1986): 11.
  • “A Friesian Digging Southern California,” Sunstone 10 (June 1985): 11.
  • “Batiks,” Sunstone 8 (November-December 1983): 40.
  • from A Milesian Tel in Southern California, in BYU Studies 23 (Fall 1983), 417-429:
  • “Irish Eyes,” 418.  “Heritage,” 419.  “‘It’s the View from There Is Grand,’” 420.   “The Hill Is Alive,” 421-22.  "Parish Call,” 423.  “Chorus,” 424.  "Routine Check,” 425.  "Emigrants,” 426-27.  “Passages,” 428-29.  
  • “The Stewards,” BYU Studies 23 (Winter 1983): 120.
  • “Immersion,” The Ensign 12 (February 1982): 5.
  • “Blossomings,” Exponent II 8 (Fall 1981): 17.
  • “Relinquishing,” Dialogue 14 (Spring 1981): 84.
  • “Roo Hunt,” Dialogue 14 (Spring 1981): 85.
  • “Jonah’s Morning Song,” BYU Studies 20 (Fall 1979): 122-23.
  • “The Gift,” set to music in 1978-79 Laurel Manual.
  • “So Long Accustomed,” Wye, Fall 1970: 24.
  • “No Small Craft,” Wye, Fall 1970: 49.
  • “Gift,” Wye, Fall 1970: 54.

Memoirs and Personal Essays:

  • "Watermarked."  Memoir 14 (2013): 14-28.
  • “Wicks, Modems, and the Winds of War.” Dialogue 37 (Spring 2004): 1-11
  • “Beached on the Wasatch Front: Probing the Us and Them Paradigm.” Dialogue 22 (Summer 1989): 101-113.
  • “A Journey to Enjoy.”  Exponent II 6 (Winter 1980): 3-4.
  • “Gambit in the Throbs of a Ten-Year-Old Swamp: Confessions of a Dialogue Intern.”  Dialogue 11 (Spring 1978): 120-122.


  • “Succession / Erbfolge.” Frisian Studies Group, Nordfriisk Instituut, Bredstedt, Germany, May 17, 2014.
  • “Watermarked: Finding My Frisian Self on the Morsum Ferry.” European Studies Conference, Omaha, Nebraska, October 3-5, 2013.
  • “Finding My Frisian Self on the Ferry to Alt-Nordstrand: An American Woman in Search of Her North Frisian Roots /  Vom Finden meines friesischen Selbst: Eine Amerikanerin auf Spurensuche in Nordfriesland.” Summer Reading Serices, Nordfriisk Instituut, Bredstedt, Germany, July 31, 2013.
  • “Sibbrich's Tale: A Memoir." Sunstone Symposium, Ogden, Utah, 6 August 2011.
  • “Gents to the Right, Ladies to the Left: Irish Poets Respond to Patricia Coughlan.” Conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal, 28 July-1 August, 2008.
  • “The Ferryman’s Daughter.” Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, 11 August 2007.
  • “Homage to Dionysus: Heaney’s Sweeney, Orpheus, and Wilmington Giant.” International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, July 2006. 
  • “The Insistent Call of My Mitochondrial DNA: One Woman’s Primer in Feminist Genealogy.” Sunstone  Symposium West, San Francisco, California, 23 April 2005.
  • “9/11, Mormons, and the Winds of War: Recent Dialogue Authors Publishing Twenty-first-century Peace.” Panel organizer, moderator, and participant.  Sunstone Symposium West,  Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, California, 17 April 2004.
  • “At the Scene of the Crime: Crossing the Line at the Nevada Test Site.”  Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, 16 August 2003.
  • “Millennia in Their Eyes: The Motif of Sovereignty in the Poetry of Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Eavan Boland, and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill.”  Conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, Bath Spa University College, Bath, England, 24-28 July 2000. 
  • “My borderline country is where I live now’: Re-visioning (?) Molly, Re-scripting Cathleen Ni Houlihan in Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney.”  Conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland, 20-25 July 1998.
  • "The Fish and the Fisher King:  Seamus Heaney's ‘The Guttural Muse.’"  International Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 26 June-1 July 1995.Also delivered at Philological Association of the Pacific Coast Conference, San Jose State University, San  Jose, California, 9-11 November 1990.  
  • "Retrogressive Symbol or Political Catalyst?  Ireland-as-Woman in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney."  Modern Language Association Annual Convention, San Diego, California, 27-30 December 1994.
  • “Unexpectedly Favorable Forecast: Robert Penn Warren’s ‘Mexico Is a Foreign Country: Four Studies in Naturalism.’” Philological Association of the Pacific Coast Conference, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California, 4-6 November 1994.
  • “‘No wine / So wonderful as thirst’: Metaphor and Addiction in Millay’sFatal Interview.”  Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 27-29 October 1994.     
  • "English Literature (1700-present)."  Session organizer and chair, Philological Association of the Pacific Coast Conference, San Diego, California, 13-15 November 1992.
  • “Seamus Heaney and the Black Goddess."  Sunstone West Symposium, Burbank, California, 6-7 March 1992. Also delivered at Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake City, Utah, 7-10 August 1991. 
  • "Ourselves Alone?  Women and Modern Anglo-Irish Literature."  Special session organizer and moderator.  Modern Language Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, California, 27-30 December 1991.
  • "The Courtier as Rapist, the Victim as Queen:  Redressing Imperialism in Heaney's ‘Ocean's Love to Ireland.’" Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, 17-19 October 1991. Also delivered at the National Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, 25-28 April 1990.
  • " The Sovereignty Motif in Modern Anglo-Irish Literature."  Double-session organizer and moderator, Conference of the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature, University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands, 9-13 July 1991.
  • "Demystifying the Writing Process:  The Subconscious as Ally."  Academic Literacies in Multicultural Higher Education Conference, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, 15-16 April 1991.
  • "Re-envisioning Yeats' ‘The Second Coming’: Desmond O'Grady and the Charles River."  Western Regional Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Southern Oregon State College, Ashland, Oregon, 12-14 October 1990.
  • "Seamus Heaney and the Feis of Tara:  When the Bone's Lair Was a Love-nest in the Grass."  Conference on Women and Sovereignty, St. Andrews University, St. Andrews, Scotland, 30 August-6 September 1990. Also delivered at the Conference of the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature, University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands, 9-13 July 1991.

Honors and Awards:

  • Second Prize for Memoir in Prose or Poetry, Memoir, 2013.
  • Finalist for Crystal Crest Master Teacher Award, 2001.
  • Nominated for Crystal Crest Master Teacher Award, 1994, 1996, 2004, 2010.
  • Honors Program New Professor of the Year Award, 1995.
  • The Margaret Rampton Munk Poetry Award, 1989.
  • The Carole Elzer Poetry Award, 1988.
  • Nominated for Distinguished TA Award, 1987, 1988, 1989.
  • First place, Academy of American Poets College Prize, 1986.                   
  • TA Peer Consultant, UCLA English Department, 1985-1986.
  • Honorable Mention, Academy of American Poets College Prize, 1983.
  • First place, Lula Greene Richards Personal Essay Contest, 1980. 
  • Rowe Award for Teaching Excellence, 1979.
  • First place, Mayhew Poetry Contest, 1977.

Editing and Professional Experience:

  • Referee, Irish Studies Review: Journal of the British Association for Irish Studies, 2012
  • Referee, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada, 2010.
  • Critical Essay Editor, Irreantum, 2008-2013
  • Referee, PMMLA, 2007.
  • Referee, University of Utah Press, 2004-2007.
  • Editor, special war and peace issue, Dialogue, Spring 2004.
  • Associate editor, Dialogue, Summer 2004.
  • Referee, Twentieth Century Literature, Hofstra University, 1990-
  • Faculty Representative, University of Cambridge International Summer School, Cambridge, England, 1995.
  • Elected Presiding Officer, English Literature (1700-present), PAPC, 1991-1992. 
  • Referee, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publishers, 1991.
  • National Correspondent, Sunstone, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1989-1992.
  • Member Board of Editors, Dialogue, Arlington, Virginia, 1979-1982.