Michael Gessner

Tucson, AZ

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 to the department of English as an Andrew Mellon Professor, 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, the Pablo Neruda Award, North American Review's James Hearst Poetry Prize, 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. Foreign publications include poems in The French Literary Review, ("Place des Vosges," "Le Moulin de la Vierge,") and Rue des Beaux-Arts (Paris, "Wilde's Tomb.") 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 creative writing programs for Navajo gifted and talented at Ganado, and Tuba City, 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.) Forthcoming titles, 2016: THE WRITERS' CIRCLE & Other Stories, (BlazeVOX,) and SELECTED POEMS, (FutureCycle Press.) 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
2016)
Asphodel
2016)
Windhover
2016)
American Literary Review
2016)
Wallace Stevens Journal
2016)
Sycamore Review
2016)
Pacific Review
2016)
Poem
2016)
Wisconsin Review
2016)
Journal of the American Medical Association
2016)
Nimrod
2016)
Eclipse
2016)
American Letters & Commentary
2016)
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
Verse-Virtual
Verse Daily

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 21, 2016.