Faculty Biography


Michael Carolan teaches Introduction to Literary Analysis, with a focus on postwar American literature including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and film.  He loves robust class discussion of literature and its application to everyday life as well as reading student work, both critical and creative, and assisting students to express themselves more clearly.  In S'14, he will teach a new course, Creative Writing:  Nonfiction in which students will work on memoir, essay, and long-form journalism and submit a final publication-ready portfolio.


He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Kansas Lawrence and a Bachelor of Science degree from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.  He is a graduate of the Master of Fine Arts Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  He has taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Hartford, and Marlboro College.


He is the author of the novel Highway for Our God, which has been acquired by a New York literary agency, and author and editor of the memoir collection The Mass Deportation of Poles to Siberia (Siberian Society of U.S.A., 2009). He appears regularly as a commentator on New England Public Radio.  His work has appeared in newspapers and literary journals such as the Massachusetts Review,the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and the Philadelphia Inquirer to name a few.  A Heritage Fellow in Fiction at George Mason University, he received the Edgar Wolfe Short Story Writing Award, the Virginia Press Association Award, the Crossroads Irish-American Festival Prize, and a writing award from the Atlantic Monthly magazine.