Michael Begnal

Michael Begnal

Assistant Teaching Professor of English


Room:RB 393

In my career to date, I have taught first-year writing (composition), poetry workshops, multi-genre creative writing courses, as well as literature courses.

My latest poetry collection is Future Blues (Salmon Poetry, 2012), and my work (poetry, criticism, and non-fiction) has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. I have edited a literary journal and an anthology dedicated to the Irish poet James Liddy. Lately, my research interests have expanded to include American poets of the early Modernist period.

M.F.A., English, Creative Writing – Poetry, North Carolina State University.
B.A., English Literature, Pennsylvania State University.

Poetry Collections:
Future Blues. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: Salmon Poetry, 2012.
Ancestor Worship. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: Salmon Poetry, 2007.
Mercury, the Dime. Pittsburgh: Six Gallery Press, 2005.

Edited Anthology:
Honeysuckle, Honeyjuice: A Tribute to James Liddy. Ed. Michael S. Begnal. Galway, Ireland: Arlen House, 2006.

Peer-Reviewed Articles:
“Haniel Long’s Pittsburgh Memoranda: Documentary Form and 1930s Political Poetry.” College Literature 42.1 (2015): 139-66.
“‘To Be an Irishman Too’: Jack Kerouac’s Irish Connection.” Studies 92.386 (2003): 371-77.

Essays or Book Chapters:
“Paul Tillich Never Took Ativan.” Winter Tales: Men Write about Aging. Ed. Duff Brenna and Thomas E. Kennedy. Copenhagen and Florham Park, NJ: Serving House Books, 2011. 220-226.
“In James Liddy’s Country.” Afterword. Fest City. By James Liddy. Galway, Ireland: Arlen House, 2010. 73-79.
“The Ancients Have Returned Among Us: Polaroids of 21st Century Irish Poetry.” Avant-Post: The Avant-Garde under “Post-” Conditions. Ed. Louis Armand. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2006. 299-324.
“‘Gluaisidh a Chlanna Gael’: Irish Poetry and Republicanism.” Cork Literary Review 11 (2005): 16-24.
“Art and Revolution.” Poetry Ireland News (January/February 2004): 4.
“‘Alien Primitive and Dionysian’: Some Thoughts on James Liddy.” Afterword. I Only Know That I Love Strength in My Friends and Greatness. By James Liddy. Galway, Ireland: Arlen House, 2003. 97-101.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Composing Research 104 75 1400 - 1450 M W F RB, room 115
Intro to Creative Wr 285 02 1000 - 1050 M W F LB, room 263
Intro to Creative Wr 285 03 1100 - 1150 M W F RB, room 112
Intro to Creative Wr 285 04 1300 - 1350 M W F RB, room 284