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Jill Allyn Rosser (born 1957 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania), who published under J. Allyn Rosser, is a contemporary American poet.


She grew up in Sparta Township, New Jersey.[1] She graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in French and English in 1980, from University of Pennsylvania with a M.A. in English Literature and Writing in 1988, University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D., in English Literature in 1991.

She lives in Athens, Ohio, teaching at Ohio University.[2][3] She is editor of New Ohio Review. She is married to poet Mark Halliday.

Her poems have appeared recently in several anthologies, and journals including The Atlantic Monthly,[4] Ninth Letter and Poetry.[5]



  • "Unthought", Slate, Nov. 30, 2004
  • "Coming Your Way", Poetry (February 1994)
  • Bright Moves (Boston, Massachusetts: Northeastern University Press, 1990) ISBN 1-55553-083-4
  • Misery Prefigured, Southern Illinois University Press, 2001, ISBN 978-0-8093-2383-8
  • Foiled Again, Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2007, ISBN 978-1-56663-763-3
  • Mimi's Trapeze, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0822963158



  1. ^ J. Allyn Rosser, Poets & Writers. Accessed March 14, 2013. "Born in: Bethlehem, PA. Raised in: Sparta, NJ"
  2. ^ J. Allyn Rosser • Ohio University English Department
  3. ^ "J.Allyn Rosser", Wired for Books Web site, accessed February 1, 2007
  4. ^ J. Allyn Rosser - Authors - The Atlantic
  5. ^ J. Allyn Rosser : The Poetry Foundation
  6. ^ "New Criterion Poetry Prize" David Yezzi's post at the Armavirumpque blog, posted 11 a.m., January 29, 2007, accessed February 1, 2007
  7. ^ OHIO: Compass | Rosser named Guggenheim Fellow

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