Michael Collier

Brave Sparrow

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For the past two decades Michael Collier's poems have been appearing in the Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, the New Republic, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, Poetry and many other magazines and periodicals. He has published three collections of poetry, The Clasp and Other Poems, The Folded Heart, and The Neighbor. In addition, he edited three highly acclaimed anthologies, The Wesleyan Tradition: Four Decades of Contemporary American Poetry, The New Bread Loaf Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry (coedited with Stanley Plumly), and The New American Poets: A Bread Loaf Anthology. Collier has received a Pushcart Prize, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Prize from the Poetry Society of America and a Discovery/The Nation Award. Seminal to his development as a poet were the Thomas J. Watson Traveling Fellowship and a residency fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Since 1995 Collier has served as the sixth director of the 75-year-old Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, where he has helped to revitalize one of America's most valuable literary institutions. Collier has taught at George Mason University, the Johns Hopkins University, and Yale University. He is a member of the writing faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers. His primary affiliation is with the Department of English, University of Maryland, where he is codirector of the Creative Writing Program.

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