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Lasallian Honors Program

Christian Michener, Ph.D.
Christian Michener
English - Professor, Lasallian Honors Program - Director of the Lasallian Honors Program

(507) 457-1423

Christian Michener is a tenured Associate Professor of English at Saint Mary's and has taught in the Department of English, the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Lasallian Honors Program since joining the Saint Mary's faculty in 1995. He has twice served as chair of the faculty, has chaired the English Department.

Michener earned his B.A. in Great Books from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 and later completed a dual Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri in 1994. In addition to presenting talks on Irish and Irish-American Literature and publishing essays, short stories, and book reviews, Michener is also the author of two books, From Then Into Now: William Kennedy's Albany Novels (1998) and the short story collection, Numerology (2006).

Scholarly & Creative Interests
Creative writing: fiction and poetry
Twentieth century British (and Irish) literature
Contemporary literature
Modern literature (Twentieth-century)
Comparative, ethnic and world literatures
Cultural heritage/art history

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
English Composition
Nineteenth & Twentieth Century British Literature
Creative Writing
Irish Literature

Professional Organizations
Associated Writing Programs
Modern Language Association (MLA)
American Conference of Irish Studies

Ph.D., University of Missouri,Columbia, MO,1994
M.A., University of Missouri, Columbia, MO,1990
B.A., University of Notre Dame, IN, 1985
Diplôme de la langue française, 1983 (L'Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France. Included as part of the University of Notre Dame curriculum.)

Teaching Experience
2003 to Present: Associate Professor, Department of English, Saint Mar'’s University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
2005-2008: Associate Dean of General Education, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
2003-2005: Chair, Department of English, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1995-2003: Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1988-1995: Instructor, University of Missouri-Columbia, MO

Other Professional Experience
1990-1992: Editorial Advisor, Missouri Review

1999, Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society
1998, Pushcart Prize Nomination, Ascent
1994, Superior Graduate Student Achievement Award
1993-1994, McKinney Short Fiction Award
1993-1994, Mahan Fiction Prize, Honorable Mention
1992-1993, Mahan Fiction Prize, Honorable Mention
1991, Nominated for George Blocker Pace Award for Best Graduate Paper
1990-1991, McKinney Short Fiction Award
1988-1992, G. Ellsworth Huggins Fellowship
1988-1990, University of Missouri Arts and Science Quadrangle Graduate Fellow

Selected Presentations
"Paul Muldoon's Pebble of Truth." ACIS Conference, Loras College, October 2005

"The Classic Michael Longley." ACIS Conference, St. Thomas University, May 2003

"Reading Reeds: Jan Vermeer's Celebration of a Pascalian Paradox." Association of Core Texts and Courses Annual Conference, April 5-8, 2001. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

Invited Speaker on "Time in the Novels of William Kennedy." AWP Conference in Albany, April 15-17, 1999

"A Celtic Twilight: William Kennedy and the End of Irish-American Literature"” Part of The Irish Series. Presented at Saint Mary's University, Winona, MN. October 21, 1997

"Céline: An Existentialist malgré lui." The Third Annual English Graduate Student Conference: Exploring Boundaries: Uncovering Texts and Discovering Connections. Columbia, Mo. February, 1994

"Le verre dans l'eau: A Self-Reflecting Metaphor in Marcel Prous's À la recherche du temps perdu." The First Annual Missouri Romance Languages and Literatures Conference. Columbia, Mo. May, 1992

Numerology. Forthcoming, New Rivers Press. October 2006

From Then Into Now: William Kennedy's Albany Novels. University of Scranton Press (1998)

Unpublished book manuscripts
The Dead of Winter. (novel); finalist, Midlist Press

Short Stories
"Blood Lust." Briar Cliff Review 18 (2006): 22-28

"Malachi the Filigree." Hayden's Ferry Review 31 (2002-03): 13-26

"Numerology." Ascent 22, no. 3 (1998): 12-33. [Rpt. on Ascent web page (Sept., 1998).] Nominated for Pushcart Prize

"It Comes to This." Folio (spring 1998): 39-52

"Kansas." New Virginia Review 10, no. 2 (1996)

"Leprechauns." The Bellingham Review 19, no. 1 (1996): 114-29

"Shoeing." Washington Review 21, no. 3 (1995): 26-29

"Histories." Crazyhorse 49 (1995): 108-118

"Balance." Wisconsin Review 29, no. 2 (1995): 14-23

"The Secrets of Bruno Cavelli." Crazyhorse 48 (1995): 102-113

"Mermaid." Crazyhorse 43 (1992): 100-114

"Neighbors." MotsArt 1 (1991): 24-32

Others currently under consideration
"Apologia Pro Doctrina Sua," in Approaches to Liberal Education, ed. Mark W. Barber, 71- 80. Saint Mary's University, 1998

"Martin Daugherty's Victories in Billy Phelan's Greatest Game." PLL: Papers on Language and Literature 31, no. 4 (1995): 406-429

"Dancing Under Water: The Art of Survival in Susan Straight's Aquaboogie" Midwest Quarterly 36 (1994): 9-18