Michael Dennis Browne—February 12-18, 2006

Michael Dennis Browne is Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, former director of the graduate creative writing program, and Feslerl-Lampert Professor in the Humanities for 2005-06 at the University of Minnesota. Browne is an established poet whose five books of poetry include his recent Selected Poems 1965-1995, which won the Minnesota Book Award for poetry in 1998. His previous books, You Won't Remember This, won a Minnesota Book Award in 1993. A native of England and an MF graduate of the University of Iowa, he has taught at Iowa, Columbis, Bennington and since 1971, at the University of Minnesota.

Browne's poems have been published in many magazines and anthologies, including Tri-Quarterly, The Iowa Review, The New Yorker, and The American Poetry Review. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation.

Give Her the River, a picture books with paintings by Wendall Minor, was published in June of 2004. Things I Can't Tell You, a new collection of poetry was published in March 2005 by Carnegie Mellon University Press.

Browne has written libretti for musical works, including song cycles, choral works, carols and songs for children. To Be Certain of Dawn, an oratorio with music by Stephen Paulus, on themes relating to Jewish-Christian dialogue and renewal, received its premiere at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis in November, 2005.

Browne has participated in "Igniting Biblical Imagination," a one-week consultation at St. John's University's Ecumenical Center. Also at St. John's, he was speaker and workshop leader at a conference on a "Sense-able God." He also wrote the narration for The Grand Excursion, a musical work by Steven Prutsman, premiered by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in December 2005.

Schedule:

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
8:00 p.m.: Public Poetry Reading with Collegiate Chorale, Recital Hall of CFL

Wednesday, February 15
Noon: King Room-Union, Brown Bag lunch with faculty and students

Thursday, February 16
10:30 a.m.: Speak in Daily Chapel and performance of choral work with Mr. Browne's text, Main Hall of CFL
9:00 p.m.: Brunsdale Lounge-Miller Hall, Fireside chat with sophomores