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Michael Waters, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

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Ph.D., Ohio University

MFA, University of Iowa

BA/MA, SUNY - Brockport

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Office Hours
Office hours by appointment.
Courses this Semester
EN 253 Creative Writing 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

Michael Waters has published 12 books of poetry, most recently The Dean of Discipline (U Pittsburgh P, 2018) and Celestial Joyride (BOA Editions, 2016). Darling Vulgarity (BOA Editions, 2006) was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (BOA Editions, 2001) was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize. He has co-edited several anthologies, including Reel Verse: Poems About the Movies (Knopf, 2018), Contemporary American Poetry (Houghton Mifflin, 2006)and Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing from Homer to Ali (Southern Illinois UP, 2003)His poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Yale Review, Kenyon Review, The Progressive and Rolling Stone. A 2017 Guggenheim Fellow, he has been the recipient of five Pushcart Prizes, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Foundation, and NJ State Council on the Arts, and residency fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, St. James Cavalier Centre (Malta), Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), and Chateau de Lavigny (Switzerland).

Research Interests

Research interests include creative writing and American literature.

Reel Verse. (co-editor), Everyman’s Library, 2019.
The Dean of Discipline. Pittsburgh Press. 2018.
Celestial Joyride. BOA Editions. 2016.
Gospel Night. BOA Editions. 2011.
Selected Poems. Shoestring Press (UK). 2011.
Darling Vulgarity. BOA Editions. 2006.
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.
Parthenopi: New & Selected Poems. BOA Editions. 2001.
Selected Poems by A. Poulin, Jr. (editor). BOA Editions. 2001.
Green Ash, Red Maple, Black Gum. BOA Editions. 1997.
The Burden Lifters. Carnegie Mellon University Press. 1989.
Not Just Any Death. BOA Editions. 1979.

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.”

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