Professor of English 
B.A., The University of the South; B.A., University of Oxford; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University

After graduating from Sewanee, Jennifer Davis Michael proceeded to Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and then to Northwestern University where she completed her doctorate. Her dissertation on William Blake developed into her first book, Blake and the City (Bucknell University Press, 2006). While her teaching and research interests tend to focus on late eighteenth-century and Romantic poetry, her current book project, Poetry at the Edge of Silence, is heavily informed by her participation in Environmental Arts and Humanities and particularly her course Poetry, Nature, and Contemplation, which draws on contemplative practice as a way to engage both with the environment and with language.


Professor Michael is also the author of two poetry chapbooks, Let Me Let Go and Dubious Breath, both from Finishing Line Press. She has had more than forty poems appear in both print and online journals and is working on a full-length collection, Bodies at Rest