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
Transversales (BlazeVOX [books], 2013), Beast Book (BlazeVOX [books], 2010), Artificial Life (BlazeVox Books, 2009), Letters (BlazeVox Books, 2007), Surfaces (March Street Press, 2006), Earthly Bodies (Pudding House Publications, 2004)
Dog Music: Poetry about Dogs (St. Martin's Press, 1996)
10x3, Amaranth Review, American Letters & Commentary, American Literary Review, Ann Arbor Review, Asphodel, Atticus Review, Buffalo Spree Magazine, Cavalier Literary Couture, Chiron Review, Eclipse, Glimpse, Journal of the American Medical Association, Nimrod, North American Review, Oxford Magazine, Pacific Review, Paterson Literary Review, Poem, Sycamore Review, The Aurorean, The Blue Guitar, The French Literary Review, The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Wallace Stevens Journal, Web del Sol, Windhover, Wisconsin Review