Melissa Bradshaw

Melissa Bradshaw is a Senior Lecturer in English at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on the cultural rhetorics that inform our understanding of powerful public women. She has published extensively on the American poet Amy Lowell, co-editing a volume of her poems as well as a volume of scholarly essays about her. Her book, Amy Lowell, Diva Poet (Ashgate, 2011) won the 2011 MLA Book Prize for Independent Scholars. She has also published on Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edith Sitwell, and divas more generally. She is currently working on The Selected Letters of Amy Lowell (forthcoming from Bloomsbury, 2024) and The Amy Lowell Letters Project, a critical digital edition of Lowell’s collected letters, for which she was awarded an NEH-Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Digital Publication, as well as a monograph on celebrity poets and ephemera.


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Miss Lowell Regrets

Amy Lowell is tired. “This is a work, this poetry,” she writes Harriet Monroe in March of 1922, finalizing the poems she’ll have included in the 1922 version of Monroe and Alice Corbin Henderson’s The New Poetry anthology. Lowell had published her eighth and ninth books the previous year, and would publish her tenth in ten years later that fall. She has pulled back on the rigorous lecturing schedule which has kept her away from her home in Brookline, Massachusetts and has had her crisscrossing the country the past several years.