New England College has filed suit against poetry professor Anne Marie Macari, alleging she stole its innovative master’s degree program in poetry and set up shop at Drew University in Madison.
In 2002, Macari took an adjunct faculty position at New England College, located in Henniker, N.H. She became interim director of its poetry program in March 2007. But, the lawsuit claims, within months Macari began quietly recruiting faculty and students to follow her to Drew.
In February 2008, Macari quit her job at New England College. Five days later, she announced that she and fellow faculty member Gerald Stern were launching an M.A. in poetry program at Drew in January 2009.
Six faculty members subsequently left New England College for Drew, and student enrollment in New England’s M.A. in poetry program dropped by half.
The college seeks lost tuition, repayment of Macari’s salary and an order barring Macari from her new post at Drew for two years.