University of Iowa

Michael Morse

Michael Morse teaches at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in New York and has taught at The University of Iowa and The New School. His first book, Void and Compensation, was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has published poems in various journals—including A Public SpaceThe American Poetry ReviewFieldThe Iowa Review, and Ploughshares—and in anthologies that include The Best American Poetry 2012 and Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days. Honors include fellowships at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, The MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. He received his M.F.A. in Poetry from The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is a poetry editor for The Literary Review.

Instructor Events

Black or White? Nature or Nurture? Paper or Plastic? Raw or Cooked? Mind or Body? Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman? So much in our daily lives—and in our writing practice—is presented to us in easy binaries. And yet these seemingly confining binaries are useful springboards into more complex thinking and feeling in our poems. In this generative workshop for intermediate to advanced poets, we’ll begin each session with a particular dichotomy as springboard (e.g., work vs. home; caretaking vs. independence; praise vs. lament; innocence vs.

Weeklong June 24 to June 29 2018

Poems might begin in isolation, but we put them out into the world hoping for connection—a making and creation towards others, a message in a bottle that might wash ashore and affect the hearts and minds of finders and keepers (perhaps our first form of social media). How can a diverse range of work (from poets including Herbert, Donne, Yeats, Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, Miguel Hernandez, Larry Levis, Tyehimba Jess, Tracy K.