The 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

Weeklong June 14 to June 19 2020
Instructor(s): 
Michael Morse

The elegy offers one of poetry’s most appealing consolations: it can transform loss—and even the threat of loss—into an artful presence. Our sessions will explore how reading and elegiac writing can help us reflect on the lives we've led (and will lead) as we navigate absence. Expect a moving and invigorating workshop—one that isn’t afraid to laugh, either—as we read a wide range of classic and contemporary elegies as models and write poems that help capture and hold the world and its full range of joys and sorrows.

Weeklong June 21 to June 26 2020
Instructor(s): 
Michael Morse

This generative class for beginning and experienced poets will start with classical lyric modes—the aubade, the pastoral, the ekphrastic, the ode, the elegy—and work its way towards more tempestuous creations built out of collage and assemblage and erasure. We’ll find inspiration from the University’s art and natural history collections and found objects that we gather and collect during the week. As we build poems in a variety of ways, we’ll discuss a variety of styles that range from coherent, linear narratives to more broken and elliptical expression.

Weekend June 27 to June 28 2020
Instructor(s): 
Michael Morse

In this workshop, we’ll take a patient, close look at two revered American poets from the 20th and 21st centuries, spending a full day on each of these marvelous lyricists. By bringing our collective vision and presence to styles and subject matter present in a handful of poems, we’ll translate our close reading and appreciation into six fresh poems that both borrow from our reading and bear our own singular stamp.