Michael Theune

Robert Harrington Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English

Personal profile


I write poetry and criticism. I currently am involved in an extended collaborative project, writing poems inspired by Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions. My criticism has two main focuses: an investigation of hybrid poetry and poetics, and an effort to increase attention to poetic turns in the reading and writing of poetry. I am a contributing editor at Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing, where I have published numerous essay-reviews on trends in contemporary American poetry. As a teacher, I value and promote active engagement and creative risk. When not immersed in the above, I watch movies, dabble with abstract painting, jog, bike, rock climb, and read and drink coffee at the Coffee Hound.


  • English Language and Literature
  • Creative Writing