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College of Liberal Arts Voices from the Gaps

Michael Dennis Browne

Book cover of Things I Can't Tell You by Michael Dennis Browne


Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor

M.A. University of Iowa, 1967

330A Lind Hall

Department Affiliations


Areas of Expertise

creative writing (poetry); modern and contemporary poetry and poetics

Selected Publications

"Mengele." Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust. Ed. Charles Ades Fishman. St. Louis: Time Being Books, 2007.

To Be Certain of the Dawn, oratorio, text by Michael Dennis Brown, music by Stephen Paulus. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music by the Minnesota Orchestra, 2006.

Things I Can't Tell You. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2005.

Give Her the River. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2004.

Hymn for America. Lyrics by Michael Dennis Browne. St. Paul: Paulus Publications, recorded on compact disc for Spirit of America by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, June 2003.

The Road Home and Pilgrims' Hymn. Lyrics by Michael Dennis Browne. St. Paul: Paulus Publications, recorded on compact disc for The Road Home by the Brigham Young University Choir, September 2003.

Greatest Hits 1965-2000. Youngstown: Pudding House Publications, 2001.

The Three Hermits: An Opera After a Story by Leo Tolstoy. Libretto by Michael Dennis Browne. Compact disc. d'Note Classics, 1997.

Selected Poems 1965-1995. Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1995.

You Won't Remember This. Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1992.

Graduate Courses

The Writing of Poetry: Poets Writing Poetry and Prose
Poetry--Manuscript Preparation
Advanced Poetry Writing
Twentieth-Century British Poetry
Topics in Advanced Creative Writing--Mixed-Genre Workshop
Revision and Translation
Contemporary Voices
Poetry and Commitment

Undergraduate Courses

Intermediate Poetry Writing
Modern British and Irish Poetry
Early and Late Poems
Introduction to Poetry Writing
The Discovery of Poetry