Michael Gessner

1749 East Deer Hollow LoopTucson, AZ 85737
Phone: 
(520) 297-6738
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Author's Bio

Michael Gessner received his undergraduate degree in English literature from Wayne State University in Detroit; master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder; an appointment as an Andrew Mellon Professor to the University of Arizona, and directed the Honors Program at Central Arizona College. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, he has been a finalist and semi-finalist in various competitions including "Discovery"/The Nation, and the Pablo Neruda Award, and has given readings and presentations at state poetry societies and organizations; to chapters of the AAUW, nursing facilities, Casa Libre en la Solana, colleges and universities in PA, NY, CO, CA, AZ, University College Dublin, the American-Irish Historical Society, (NYC), and Cambridge University. His reviews and articles have been published by Allyn & Bacon, C.V. Mosby, Times-Mirror, The Edgar Allan Poe Review, The English Journal, Gray's Sporting Journal, Jacket2 and The Kappan. He served as creative writing judge for the National Council Teachers of English, and for La Roca, Florence State Penitentiary; assisted in establishing writing programs for the gifted and talented at the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Ganado, AZ. His work has been called "Structurally ingenious," Jonathan Galassi, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), and poems from BEAST BOOK were found to be "Lively and smart and musical," (Robert Pinsky.) Michael lives in Tucson with his wife, son Chris, and family dog, "Irish."

Publications and Prizes

Book

Earthly Bodies
(Pudding House Publications,
2004)
Surfaces
(March Street Press,
2006)
Letters
(BlazeVox Books,
2007)
Artificial Life
(BlazeVox Books,
2009)
Beast Book
(BlazeVOX [books],
2010)
Transversales
(BlazeVOX [books],
2013)

Anthology

Dog Music: Poetry about Dogs
(St. Martin's Press,
1996)

Journal

Paterson Literary Review
2014)
Asphodel
2014)
Windhover
2014)
American Literary Review
2014)
Wallace Stevens Journal
2014)
Sycamore Review
2014)
Pacific Review
2014)
Poem
2014)
Wisconsin Review
2014)
Journal of the American Medical Association
2014)
Nimrod
2014)
Eclipse
2014)
American Letters & Commentary
2014)
10x3
Web del Sol
Cavalier Literary Couture
The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine
Buffalo Spree Magazine
Amaranth Review
The French Literary Review
Oxford Magazine
The Aurorean
Atticus Review
Ann Arbor Review
Chiron Review
Glimpse
The Blue Guitar
North American Review

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings? 
Yes
Travels for readings? 
Yes
Born in: 
Highland Park, MI
Raised in: 
Royal Oak, MI

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

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Listing last updated: January 12, 2014.

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