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 books of poems: Burning Province (McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House, 2020), which won the Canada-Japan Literary Award and the BC & Yukon Book Prizes’ Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, 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 in The New RepublicPoetry,, the Kenyon ReviewNarrative Magazine, the Sewanee Review, PN Review, and the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, among other magazines and anthologies. Michael is currently at work on a third collection of poems and a book of essays.

2022-2023 Courses

  • ENGL 105-01 Identities and Differences in U.S. Literature: Intro to Asian American Literature (Fall 2022)
  • ENGL 150-01 Introduction to Creative Writing (Fall 2022)
  • ENGL 294-02 2oth Century Poetry (Spring 2023)
  • ENGL 406-01 Projects in Creative Writing (Senior Seminar Spring 2023)
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.