Michael Prior is a writer and teacher. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous magazines and anthologies across North America and the UK, including Poetry, The New Republic, Narrative, Ambit, The Margins, Verse Daily, Global Poetry Anthology 2015, The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, and the Academy of American Poets' Poem-A-Day series. He is a past winner of Magma Poetry's Editors' Prize, The Walrus's Poetry Prize, and Matrix Magazine's Lit POP Award for Poetry. His first full-length book of poems, Model Disciple, was published by Véhicule Press in 2016 and was named one of the best books of the year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His second book, Burning Province, will be published by McClelland & Stewart/Penguin Random House in Spring 2020.
Michael holds graduate degrees from the University of Toronto and Cornell University. He is an Assistant Professor of English at Macalester College.
Burning Province (M&S/Penguin Random House, forthcoming 2020)
Model Disciple (Véhicule Press, 2016)
Three poems, The PN Review
Two poems, The Manchester Review
Named one of the best books of the year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Walrus.
From the Publisher:
A mesmerizing and moving first collection, Model Disciple gives us a poetry of two minds. Confounded by Japanese-Canadian legacies too painful to fully embrace, Michael Prior’s split speakers struggle to understand themselves as they submit to their reinvention: "I am all that is wrong with the Old World, / and half of what troubles the New." Prior emerges as a poet not of identity, but identities. Invented identities, double identities, provisional identities—his art always bearing witness to a sense of self held long enough to shed at a moment’s notice. Model Disciple's Ovidean shape-shifting is driven by formal mastery and mot juste precision. It’s also one of the most commanding poetic debuts in years.