Core faculty

Molly Spencer

Writing Instructor

Molly Spencer is a writing instructor at the Ford School, and the author of two poetry collections, If the House (University of Wisconsin Press, 2019) and Hinge (Southern Illinois University Press, 2020). An award-winning poet, essayist, and literary critic, she has taught writing to students of all ages, and her work has appeared in The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, Literary Hub, New England Review, Ploughshares, and other literary journals. She is a senior poetry editor at The Rumpus, where she edits book reviews and essays on poetry and poetics. Prior to her writing career, Spencer worked in large-scale public sector project management and later in legislative relations. She holds a BA in economics from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Educational Background

  • MFA in poetry, Rainier Writing Workshop
  • MPA, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • BA in economics, University of Notre Dame

Professional Affiliations

Senior Poetry Editor, The Rumpus

Recent Publications