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

Weekend June 22 to June 23 2019
Instructor(s): 
Michael Morse

In Exercises in Style, Raymond Queneau re-imagines one brief narrative in 99 different versions. We won’t get that obsessive in our weekend together, but we will read a number of poets from different “schools” and carefully listen to different modes of expression that can help us re-work our own poems. How might Romantic, Modernist, Confessional, Objectivist, New York School, and Oulipo voices help us to see our subjects and our language differently?

Weeklong June 23 to June 28 2019
Instructor(s): 
Michael Morse

We’ll spend a week together generating poems, and each day we’ll playfully start something new together. Each session will begin with calculated yet playful springboards into writing: we’ll consider the work of two poets (one contemporary poet & one pre-20th century poet), a mythological tale, visual art, a rhetorical trope, and even idioms and song lyrics. We’ll take these calculated moves and then re-work them, adding whatever inspiration you might bring from personal experience and your own passions.