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.) In his foreword to the Selected Poems, Tyler Meier wrote: "To my ear, Michael Gessner's oeuvre chimes distinctly and gorgeously with Merrillesque tones, but piqued with Auden's love of the clear-eyed. This is a collection interested in way-finding across a life's work; it is Keatsian in its capabilities, both of the negative sort and not." Michael lives in Tucson with his wife, son Chris, and family dog, "Irish."

Publications and Prizes

Artificial Life
(BlazeVOX Books, 2009)
, Beast Book
(BlazeVOX [books], 2010)
, Earthly Bodies
(Pudding House Publications, 2004)
, Letters
(BlazeVOX Books, 2007)
, Selected Poems
(FutureCycle Press, 2016)
, Surfaces
(March Street Press, 2006)
, The Writers’ Circle and Other Stories
(BlazeVOX [books], 2016)
, Transversales
(BlazeVOX [books], 2013)
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, Eunoia Review, Glimpse, Innisfree, Journal of the American Medical Association, Kenyon Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Oxford Magazine, Pacific Review, Paterson Literary Review, Poem, Sycamore Review, the Aurorean, The Blue Guitar, The Ekphrastic Review, The French Literary Review, The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, Verse Daily, Verse-Virtual, Wallace Stevens Journal, Web del Sol, Windhover, Wisconsin Review

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer, Poet
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Born in: 
Highland Park, United States
Raised in: 
Royal Oak, MI, United States
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Last updated: Apr 18, 2018