Michael Lavers


4162 JFSB


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Teaching Experience

“Education is not the filling of a pot but the lighting of a fire.” – W.B. Yeats. I can’t say I live up to this, but it’s definitely what I aspire to.


2019 saw the publication of Michael’s first book, a collection of poems titled After Earth, which won the 2018 University of Tampa poetry prize. Part elegy, part ode, part pastoral, part sci-fi, After Earth looks back through history in order to consider history’s end. Many of the poems are drawn from the concerns of a father for his children, others from the impulse to record the Earth, to preserve what’s slipping away, and to heal, if poems can, the bifurcation of nature and civilization. These poems to cultivate astonishment in the here and now, poems that praise all they can, as Auden says poems must, “for being and for happening.”
His poems have appeared in numerous publications including Ploughshares, AGNI, The Hudson Review, The Southwest Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Crazyhorse.

Research Interest: Contemporary literature, Translation.

Selected Publications

After Earth, University of Tampa Press, 2019.


For three years, Michael ran the English Reading Series, hosting roughly seventy guest authors, including Pulitzer Prize winners and US Poets Laureate Natasha Trethewey and Tracy K. Smith. He now coordinates the Creative Writing Minor.

Citizenship assignments

  • English Reading Series Director, 2015-2018.
  • Creative Writing Minor Coordinator, 2018-present.
  • English Department Creative Writing Awards and Scholarship Coordinator, 2018-present.