Michael Gessner

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

1749 East Deer Hollow Loop
Tucson, AZ 85737
Phone: 
15202976738

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,") The Oxford Magazine, (UK,) and Rue des Beaux-Arts (Paris, "Wilde's Tomb.") 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 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, a water colorist.  Their son, Chris writes for screen.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Book:
Analects (BlazeVOX books, 2019)
Journals:
American Letters & Commentary
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Asphodel
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Gray's Sporting Journal
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Jacket2
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Kenyon Review
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New Oxford Review
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The Edgar Allan Poe Review
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The Satirist

Fiction

Book:
The Writers’ Circle and Other Stories (BlazeVOX books, 2016)
Journals:
Buffalo Spree Magazine
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Eclipse

Poetry

Anthology:
Dog Music: Poetry about Dogs (St. Martin's Press, 1996)
Books:
Selected Poems (FutureCycle Press, 2016)
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Transversales (BlazeVOX books, 2013)
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Beast Book (BlazeVOX books, 2010)
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Artificial Life (BlazeVOX books, 2009)
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Letters (BlazeVOX books, 2007)
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Surfaces (March Street Press, 2006)
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Earthly Bodies (Pudding House Publications, 2004)
Journals:
10x3
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Amaranth Review
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Amaryllis
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Ann Arbor Review
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Cavalier Literary Couture
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Glimpse
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The Blue Guitar
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The French Literary Review
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The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine
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Verse Daily
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Web del Sol
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American Literary Review
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Journal of the American Medical Association
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Poem
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Wallace Stevens Journal
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More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Born in: 
Highland Park
Raised in: 
Royal Oak, MI
Michigan
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Last update: Aug 04, 2019