Persea Books will publish Michael White’s memoir, Travels in Vermeer (2013). Professor White's latest poetry book, Vermeer in Hell, won Persea’s 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Prize, so these two companion books—poetry and prose—will be published together (to be released April 2014)!

Michael White

professor & department chair
Kenan Hall 1208 | 910.962.3519 | whitem@uncw.edu

Michael White

 

Background

PhD, University of Utah
BA, University of Missouri


 

Publications

Michael has work published or forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, the Florida Review, the Missouri Review, Image Journal, Memorious, and the Journal.

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  • Re-entry, University of North Texas Press, 2006, winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry
  • Palma Cathedral, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry, 1998
  • The Island, Copper Canyon Press, 1992

Awards

  • 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Prize, Persea Books
  • 2010-11 Distinguished Writers Series, The Univeristy of Missouri
  • 2010 Florida Review Editor's Prize Competition in poetry
  • 2005 Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry
  • 1998 Colorado Prize for Poetry

On Teaching

I am a published poet who teaches creative writing, especially poetry. My pedagogy is based almost exclusively on my own frustrations and successes as a writer. Like most teachers, I try to create courses which could provide for students what I wish I had been provided for me (keeping in mind the dangers of hindsight). For instance, I often wish I'd assimilated all kinds of poetic form as early as possible—because I think that I might have found my own strengths as a poet sooner, with a greater range of models. Therefore, my workshops tend to be explorations in reading as much as they are attempts to facilitate supportive environments for writing. I don't teach anything I can't get passionate about.

Download an excerpt of Michael White's Work (PDF)

Michael White in Notable Books by North Carolina Writers: June 2006


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