Orchid Tierney joined Kenyon's faculty in 2019. Her scholarship focuses on waste and waste management in contemporary Anglophone poetry. Tierney’s research and teaching interests include Pacific Island literature, climate change and experimental poetics. 

In addition to her creative work, Tierney’s scholarship and reviews have been published in journals such as Jacket2 and the Journal of Modern Literature. She currently serves as a reviews editor for Jacket2 and as a consulting editor for the Kenyon Review. 

Her latest book, "My Beatrice," was published in 2020.

Tierney is a Black Earth Institute Fellow for 2022-2025.

Areas of Expertise

Environmental humanities, digital humanities, Anglophone poetry and poetics


2019 — Doctor of Philosophy from University of Pennsylvania

2013 — Master of Arts from U of Otago, New Zealand

2010 — Masters of Creative Writing from University of Auckland

2001 — Bachelor of Arts from U of Otago, New Zealand

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