Michael Burkard

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Michael Paul Burkard is an American poet.


He graduated from Hobart College and from the Iowa Writers' Workshop with an MFA in 1973. He taught at Kirkland College (1975–78) and Sarah Lawrence College (1983–84, 1986–87), and has taught in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing at Syracuse University since 1997. He has been a visiting writer at New York University (1991) and the University of Louisville (1992, 1996), as well as a writer-in-residence at Austin Peay State University (1990).

During the 1990s he has also worked as an alcoholism counselor, particularly with children whose lives have been impacted by alcoholism.[1]

His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review,[2] The Paris Review, Ploughshares,[3] APR, Ironwood and Quarterly West.



  • "Copy Book", The Marlboro Review
  • "Cherry Eye", American Poetry Review
  • Envelope of night: selected and uncollected poems, 1966-1990. Nightboat Books. 2008. ISBN 978-0-9767185-6-7.
  • Unsleeping. Sarabande Books. 2001. ISBN 978-1-889330-53-2.
  • Pennsylvania Collection Agency. New Issues/Western Michigan University. 2001. ISBN 978-1-930974-00-5.
  • Entire Dilemma. Sarabande Books. 1998. ISBN 978-1-889330-18-1.
  • My Secret Boat: A Notebook of Prose and Poems. W. W. Norton & Company. 1990. ISBN 978-0-393-30748-1.
  • Fictions from the Self. W. W. Norton & Company. 1989. ISBN 978-0-393-30568-5.
  • Ruby for Grief. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1982. ISBN 978-0-8229-3450-9.
  • The Fires They Kept. Los Angeles: Metro Book Co. 1986. ISBN 978-0-915371-03-7.
  • In a white light: poems. L'Epervier Press. 1977. ISBN 0-934834-72-5.




Michael Burkard's latest book — full of revenants, revisitations, and regrets — is similarly lingering and resonant. Fifteen years passed between the writing of the poems that became Pennsylvania Collection Agency and their publication as a cohesive collection by New Issues, yet they're not dated.[5]


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