Assistant Professor, English and Mellon ACM Faculty Fellow
Poetry, politics of poetic form, Asian American poetries, creative nonfiction, intergenerational memory, literary citizenship.

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Michael Prior is the author of two collections of poetry: Burning Province (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House, 2020), which won the Canada-Japan Literary Award and the BC and Yukon Book Prize for poetry, and Model Disciple (Véhicule Press, 2016). He is the recent recipient of fellowships from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center, the Jerome Foundation, and Hawthornden Literary Retreat. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New RepublicPOETRYNarrative MagazineSewanee Review, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, the Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s The Margins, and the PN Review, among other magazines and anthologies. Michael is currently at work on a third collection of poems and a book of essays.

2021-2022 Academic Year 

  • Professor Prior will be a New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman fellow for the 2021-2022 academic year.
B.A. in English Literature from the University of British Columbia
M.A. in English Literature from the University of Toronto
M.F.A. in Poetry from Cornell University.