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About Michael Theune

I write poetry and criticism. I currently am involved in an extended collaborative project, writing poems inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions. My criticism has two main focuses: an investigation of hybrid poetry and poetics, and an effort to increase attention to poetic turns in the reading and writing of poetry. I am a contributing editor at Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, where I have published numerous essay-reviews on trends in contemporary American poetry. As a teacher, I value and promote active engagement and creative risk. When not immersed in the above, I watch movies, dabble with abstract painting, jog, bike, rock climb, and read and drink coffee at the Coffee Hound.


Present Robert Harrington Professor of English, Illinois Wesleyan University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Work included in The Best of the AWP Pedagogy Papers 2009
  • Sigma Tau Delta’s Eugene W. Hughes Outstanding Sponsor, 2007-2008
  • Illinois Wesleyan University Student Senate Professor of the Year, 2007-2008
  • Marshall Scholar, 1992-1994

Books (3)

Contributions to Books (4)

Essays (6)

Presentations (4)

Poetry (19)