Travels in Vermeer a finalist for the 2015 National Book Awards Longlist in Nonfiction

Michael White

professor & department chair
Kenan Hall 1208 | 910.962.3519 |

Michael White



PhD, University of Utah
BA, University of Missouri



Michael has published poetry and prose in The Paris Review, The New Republic, the Kenyon Review, Image, The Best American Poetry, and many other magazines and anthologies.

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  • 2013 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
  • 2002 & 1998, North Carolina Arts Council Individual Artist's Grants
  • 1998 Colorado Prize for Poetry
  • 1994 NEA Fellowship in Literature

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.

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

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