Matthew Brennan

Poet

3675 Preserve Crossing Blvd
Columbus, OH 43230

Author's Bio

Matthew Brennan grew up in St. Louis and went to grad school in Minneapolis but moved to Indiana in 1985 when he joined the faculty in the English Department at Indiana State Univ. He teaches poetry writing and 19th-century literature and  composition.  He began writing poems as an undergraduate at Grinnell College.  His poems have appeared in Sewanee Review, South Dakota Review, Notre Dame Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland Review, and other journals.

His most recent book of poems is One Life (Lamar U. Literary Press, 2016). In 2010 The House with the Mansard Roof (Backwaters Press, 2009), which Dana Gioia called “impressively wide-ranging” and former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser said "is a gift," was named a finalist for the Best Books of Indiana.   In 2008 Brennan published The Sea-Crossing of Saint Brendan, a book-length narrative in verse that is a version of the medieval tale in Latin prose about a Celtic monk who crosses the Atlantic.  The South Carolina Review describes this book as “highly readable” and written in “rhythmic, flowing verse.”

 

Brennan’s earlier collections of poems are Seeing in the Dark (1993) and The Music of Exile (1994).  He has authored three critical studies: on Wordsworth, on the gothic novel, and on the Southern antebellum poet and novelist William Gilmore Simms, The Poet's Holy Craft  (U. of South Carolina Press, 2010q).  He has been the recipient of two Indiana Arts Commission grants and has won the Thomas Merton Center prize for Poetry of the Sacred.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology (Lamar University Press, 2018)
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Good Company: Poets from Grinnell College (Grinnell College, 2000)
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Passages North Anthology: A Decade of Good Writing (Milkweed Editions, 1990)
Books:
One Life (Lamar University Press, 2015)
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The House with the Mansard Roof (Backwaters Press, 2009)
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The Sea-Crossing of Saint Brendan (Birch Brook Press, 2008)
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The Music of Exile (Cloverdale Books, 1994)
Chapbook:
The Light of Common Day (Finishing Line Press, 2011)
Journals: ,
Blue Unicorn
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Commonweal
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Descant
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Heartland Review
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Iambs & Trochees
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Notre Dame Review
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Poem
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Poetry Ireland Review
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South Carolina Review
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Trinacria
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Westview
Prizes won: 

The Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred, selected by Wendell Berry, 1999.

The Theodore Dreiser Distnguished Research and Creativity Award, 2002.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Born in: 
St. Louis, MO
Missouri
Raised in: 
St. Louis, MO
Missouri
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Last update: May 03, 2019