Welcome to the (reluctant, ineluctable) website for Michael Dowdy, scholar, poet, and teacher. Peruse for publications and occasional dispatches from the crooked spine of North America, from New Orleans north through Appalachia, into New York City, New Haven, and beyond.
About the header photograph: the Day of the Dead parade, in the Bywater, New Orleans, in 2012. Photograph by Ryan Dowdy. My ekphrastic poem on this photo has just been published in Cobalt Review (December 2014). You can read the poem here.
This course blog for my Fall 2014 M.A. seminar on documentary poetry is a good place to check out what I do in my classes.