Molly Bendall

Professor (Teaching) of English
Email Office THH 435 Office Phone (213) 821-5411


  • M.A. Poetry, Johns Hopkins University, 1/1987
  • M.F.A. English/Creative Writing, University of Virginia, 5/1986
  • Conference Presentations

    • “”Wastelands and Apocalypses in Contemporary Poetry”” , UC Riverside Low Residency ProgramTalk/Oral Presentation, Invited, UC Riverside Palm Desert Campus,
    • “”New Ways to Stop Making Sense”” , Low Residency MFA ProgramTalk/Oral Presentation, Invited, UC Riverside, Palm Desert Campus,
    • “Collaborative Poetry” , Associated Writing Programs ConferenceRoundtable/Panel, Associated Writing Programs, Invited, Denver, CO,
    • “”Chants, Charms and Childhood Vernacular”” , Panel on Poetry and the VernacularTalk/Oral Presentation, Associated Writing Programs, Invited, Atlanta, Georgia,

    Other Presentations

    • “from book Watchful”, Poetry Reading , Los Angeles, 2016-2017
    • “Omnidawn Authors reading”, Reading at Poet’s House NYC, NYC, 2016-2017
    • “Poetry reading”, Poetry Reading and Discussion, Berlin, Germany, 2012-2013
    • “Poetry Reading”, Poetry Reading, NYC, NY, 2012-2013
    • “Poetry Reading”, Poetry Reading, New York City, 2010-2011
    • “Reading from poetry collection”, Poetry Reading, Raleigh, NC, 2010-2011
    • “poetry reading”, poetry reading, Denver, CO, 2009-2010
    • (Spring 2023) ENGL 304. Introduction to Poetry Writing, M 02:00pm – 04:20pm, THH107
    • (Spring 2023) ENGL 304. Introduction to Poetry Writing, W 02:00pm – 04:20pm, THH109
    • (Spring 2023) ENGL 351. Periods and Genres in American Literature, MWF 12:00pm – 12:50pm,
    • (Spring 2023) ENGL 499. Special Topics, Th 03:30pm – 05:10pm, LVL 13
  • Book Chapter

    • Bendall, M. A. (2016). “Utter Wilderness: The Poetry of Christine Hume” Wesleyan: Wesleyan University Press. (Michael Dowdy and Claudia Rankine).

    Book Review

    • Bendall, M. A. (2016). review of Sara Deniz Akant’s Babette (a collection of poems) Lana Turner Journal. Vol. 9,
    • Bendall, M. A. (2013). Review of Traffic with Macbeth, poetry by Larissa Szporluk Free Verse Journal.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2013). Reviews of The Vital System by C.M. Burroughs and In the Laurels, Caught by Lee Ann Brown Lana Turner: Journal of Poetry and Opinion.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2007). Review of Elaine Equi’s Ripple Effect for Pool magazine Pool.
    • Gertrude Stein Award for Innovative Poetry from Green Integer Press, 2006-2007
    • Fine Press Book, INCANTATION, with prints by John O’Brien and poems by Molly Bendall was chosen to be displayed in Doheny Library’s special show, “The Artists’ Book”, 2006-2007
  • Office Hours

      10 days : 20, Advised students on graduate programs and
      helped prepare manuscripts for submission
  • Other Service to the University

    • Hosted a reading with alumna Emmy Perez who gave a poetry reading and talked to students about career paths. ,
    • Organized three lunch meetings for students to hear speakers talk about their careers in arts administration, Library science, and public relations.,
    • Hosted a reading by an alumni of USC (Susannah Nevison) who recently published a book of poetry. The reader also talked to students about career paths.,
    • Served as a judge for the Wonderland Awards organized by Doheny Library.,
    • Organized two creative writing lunch meetings and invited editors to speak. Also hosted a student poetry reading., 2013-2014
    • Served as judge for the Beau Boudreaux undergraduate poetry award., Spring Spri
    • Organized five Creative Writing Lunch Meetings for undergraduates to meet,
      talk about issues related to the major, and hear speakers., 2009-2010
  • Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

    • Poetry Reading at St. Mark’s NYC, Spring Spri
    • Poetry reading at Otis School of Art and Design,