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Michael Sarnowski

Visiting Assistant Professor
A315 Liberal Arts
(585) 475-6117
M.F.A. in Creative Writing- Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
B.A. in English- State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY

Areas of Interest: Creative Writing; Modern and Contemporary poetry, fiction, and non-fiction; literature of trauma, loss, and coping; composition; American culture WWII-present.

Courses Taught:

-The Future of Writing (ENGL 150)

-Worlds of Writing (ENGL 462)

-Writing the Self and Others (ENGL 463)

-Modern Poetry (ENGL 408)

-Writing Seminar (0502-227)

-Arts of Expression: Trauma, Loss, and Coping in Contemporary Literature (0504-319)

-Introduction to Poetry, Intro to Poetry Workshop, Critical Writing.



“Where Violence Comes From”. Agave Magazine. August 2013.

“One Day in Trier”. Mason’s Road. Issue 7. August 2013.

“Appointment” and “At Night”. A Clean, Well-Lighted Place. Volume 5. June 2013.

“Tom and Margaret”. Memoir Journal. Issue 12. June 2013.

"A Sudden Tilt of the Head". r.kv.r.y. Literary Journal. April 2013.

"New Religion". Spry Literary Journal. Issue 1. December 2012.

“Reading Akhmatova”. Mason’s Road. Issue 5. August 2012.

“Judy Garland, Live in Chelsea, London, June 23rd, 1969” and “Self Portrait”. Black Heart Magazine. August 2011.

“Quiet Nights in the Afterlife” and “Emptying Lots”. Blast Furnace. Volume I, Issue II. May 2011.

“This is Not Ukraine, This is my Apartment”. Potomac Review. Issue 48. 2010.

“New Hollows”. Underground Voices. May 2010.

“Bloodspitters”. Gutter Eloquence. Issue #9. May 2010.

“48 Minutes”. Foundling Review. April 2010, Issue 3.

“A Little Bit About Myself”. Calliope Nerve. April 2010.

“Thawing the Bones” and “Aubade”. The Adirondack Review. Summer Issue 2009.

“Bombs Away,” “Bury Us Quick,” and “Joan of Arc, 1939”. The South Wing. May 2009.

“Dear Doctors,” “82nd and Edison,” and “If Life Has an Exit Interview”. Tabula Rasa. Spring 2009.

“Inheritance”. The Broken Plate. 2009.

“The Way It Finds You”. The Good Things About America. Write Bloody Publishing. January 2009.

“On Writing, On Life”. The Honey Land Review. November 2008.

“Relocating,” “The New Dead Language," "A Simple Request for When I Die," "Thoughts from 20,000 and Falling," and "An Open Letter to the Natural World". Versus Magazine. 2008.

Kiss Americana chapbook. Planbook Journals Press. May 2007.

We Are the New Town Criers chapbook. Planbook Journals Press. September 2006.

"Losing Faith" and "Hallows”. The Leader. Spring 2006.



“Exile, Escape, and Reprieve: Poetry of Displacement from the Russian Revolution through World War II.” From Russia With Love Symposium Proceedings. 2013.

“Five Questions with Michael Sarnowski”. By Deb Ain. Agave Magazine. July 2013.

“Creative Honesty and Being True to the Writer Within: A View From the Visiting Poet Michael Sarnowski”. By Amber Koski. July 2013.

“An Interview with Michael Sarnowski”. By Carrie Causey. r.kv.r.y. quarterly. May 2013.

“Write Bloody Publishing: A Bare Knuckle Challenge to the Poetry World”. June 2008.

“The Validity of Spring and All as an Argument Against The Waste Land”. Universal Journal: The Association of Young Journalists and Writers. May 2006.