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, Fall 2016
    • “New Ways to Stop Making Sense” , Low Residency MFA ProgramTalk/Oral Presentation, Invited, UC Riverside, Palm Desert Campus, Spring 2014
    • Collaborative Poetry , Associated Writing Programs ConferenceRoundtable/Panel, Associated Writing Programs, Invited, Denver, CO, Spring 2010
    • “Chants, Charms and Childhood Vernacular” , Panel on Poetry and the VernacularTalk/Oral Presentation, Associated Writing Programs, Invited, Atlanta, Georgia, Spring 2007

    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
  • Book

    • Bendall, M. A. (2016). Watchful. Omnidawn.
    • Bendall, M. A., Wronsky, G. F. (2009). Bling & Fringe.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2009). Under the Quick. West Lafayette, Indiana: Parlor Press.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2008). Under the Quick. Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2002). Ariadne’s Island.
    • Bendall, M. A. (1999). Dark Summer, poetry. Miami Universtiy Press.
    • Bendall, M. A. (1992). After Estrangement, Poetry. Peregrine Smith Books.

    Book Chapters

    • Bendall, M. A. (2016). “Utter Wilderness: The Poetry of Christine Hume”. American Poets in the 21st Century: Wesleyan: Wesleyan University Press.

    Book Review

    • Bendall, M. A. (2016). review of Sara Deniz Akant’s Babette (a collection of poems). Lana Turner 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. (2013). Review of Traffic with Macbeth, poetry by Larissa Szporluk. Free Verse Journal.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2007). Review of Elaine Equi’s Ripple Effect for Pool magazine. Pool.


    • Bendall, M. A. (2012). “A Keen Sense” for Colorado Review.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2011). “Animal Splendor” and “Brave the Path” for Fairy Tale Review.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2011). “Animal Belatedness” in New American Writing.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2011). “What’s Between Us” and “Animal Synchrony” for Drunken Boat.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2009). Poems in American Hybrid, The Norton Anthology of the New Poem. Norton.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2008). “Neighborhood Watch,” “Forest Comrade,” in Pool literary journal. Pool.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2008). “If On a Boat,” “B-line to the Next Yard,” “Fugitive Lullaby” for Western Humanities Review. Western Humanities Review.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2007). “To Pay the Debt” “Blurry Evidence” for Tin House. Tin House.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2007). “A Home Never Tried,” “What Might Be a Gift” in Colorado Review. Colorado Review.
    • Bendall, M. A. (2007). Poems forthcoming in American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology. Norton.
    • 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”, Spring 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. , Fall 2016
    • Organized three lunch meetings for students to hear speakers talk about their careers in arts administration, Library science, and public relations., Spring 2016
    • 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., Spring 2016
    • Served as a judge for the Wonderland Awards organized by Doheny Library., Spring 2016
    • 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 2011
    • Organized five Creative Writing Lunch Meetings for undergraduates to meet,
      talk about issues related to the major, and hear speakers., 2009-2010
  • Editorships and Editorial Boards

    • member of the Art collective, help with editing and promoting of books, Series of Books for What Books from the Glass Table Art Collective, 2009-2010

    Professional Memberships

    • Member of Associated Writing Programs, 2003 – 2008
    • Academy of American Poets, 2006-2007

    Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

    • Poetry Reading at St. Mark’s NYC, Spring 2011
    • Poetry reading at Otis School of Art and Design, Spring 2009