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Michael Waters, PhD


Graduate Faculty

PhD, Ohio University

MFA, University of Iowa

BA/MA, SUNY - Brockport

Office: Wilson Annex, Room 402

Phone: 732-263-5896


Spring 2018 Office Hours:

Tuesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, by appointment.

Spring 2018 Courses:

EN 609 Seminar: CW Poetry

Regularly Taught Courses:

EN 202 Literature II

EN 253 Creative Writing: Poetry

EN 352 The Craft of Writing

EN 427 Contemporary Poetry

EN 451 Advanced Creative Writing

EN 491 Senior Seminar

EN 609 Seminar in Creative Writing Poetry

EN 615 The Writer's Craft

Research Interests:

Research interests include creative writing and American literature.



Celestial Joyride. BOA Editions. 2016.

Gospel Night. BOA Editions. 2011.

Selected Poems. Shoestring Press (UK). 2011.

Darling Vulgarity. BOA Editions. 2006.

Parthenopi: New & Selected Poems. BOA Editions. 2001.

Green Ash, Red Maple, Black Gum. BOA Editions. 1997.

Bountiful. Carnegie Mellon University Press. 1992.

The Burden Lifters. Carnegie Mellon University Press. 1989.

Anniversary of the Air. Carnegie Mellon University Press. 1985.

Not Just Any Death. BOA Editions. 1979.

Fish Light. Ithaca House. 1975.  

Contemporary American Poetry (co-editor). Houghton Mifflin. Eighth Edition. 2006. Seventh Edition. 2001.

Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali (co-editor). Southern Illinois UP. 2003.

Selected Poems by A. Poulin, Jr. (editor). BOA Editions. 2001.

Dissolve to Island: On the Poetry of John Logan (editor). Ford-Brown & Company. 1984.

Popular Press:

Poetry; American Poetry Review; Paris Review; Kenyon Review; Yale Review; Georgia Review; Southern Review; Missouri Review; Iowa Review; Gettysburg Review; Michigan Quarterly Review; Ploughshares; Rolling Stone; Massachusetts Review; Hopkins Review; Poetry International; Christianity & Literature; Poet Lore;TriQuarterly; North American Review; Mississippi Review; Shenandoah; Crazyhorse; Field; Antioch Review; Arts & Letters; English Record; American Voice; Ohio Review; Carolina Quarterly; New Letters; America; Prairie Schooner; North Dakota Quarterly; Seneca Review; Chelsea; Connecticut Review; Quarterly West; Indiana Review; Poetry Ireland Review; Mid-American Review; New Virginia Review; Near East Review; Southern Indiana Review; Wallace Stevens Journal; Chautauqua Literary Journal; New Jersey Poetry Journal; Tar River Poetry; Crab Orchard Review; Ironwood.

Presentations/Invited Talks:

Waters' recent book, Celestial Joyride (BOA Editions, 2016), has just been published by Shoestring Press in the UK.

Waters will launch the book with a series of readings there:

March 11: States Of Independence Literary Festival, Leicester
March 14: Waterstone's in Manchester
March 15: Hull University (afternoon) & Hull Central Library (evening)
March 16: Bookmarks Bookshop, London

In a review of Celestial Joyride, Roberto Bonazzi wrote in the San Antonio Express-News: "Waters stands among the best American poets writing today."



The Dean of Discipline, has been accepted for publication by the University of Pittsburgh Press for early in early 2018.

Additional Information:


UQC, 2015-2017

SPC, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Advisor, Monmouth Review

Black History Month Committee

Department Graduate Programs Committee

Department Search Committee, Spring 2016, Spring 2013