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Michael Begnal, M.F.A.

Instructor of Writing
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

625 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.4643


M.F.A., English,Creative Writing-Poetry, North Carolina State University, 2008
B.A., English Literature, Pennsylvania State University, 1988

Michael Begnal began teaching at Duquesne University in 2009, becoming a full-time Instructor in 2013. At Duquesne, he has taught first-year writing (composition) and literature, as well as poetry workshops and multi-genre creative writing courses.

Begnal has published four collections of poetry, and his work (poetry, criticism, and non-fiction) has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He has edited a literary journal and an anthology dedicated to the Irish poet James Liddy.


Recent Courses Taught:

English 443W: 20th- and 21st-Century Irish Literature
English 404W: Poetry Writing Workshop III
English 400W: Poetry Writing Workshop II
English 301W: Poetry Writing Workshop I
English 101: Multi-Genre Creative Writing
UCOR 102: Imaginative Literature and Critical Writing
UCOR 101: Thinking and Writing across the Curriculum



Future Blues. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: Salmon Poetry, 2012.

Ancestor Worship. Cliffs of Moher, Ireland: Salmon Poetry, 2007.

Mercury, the Dime. Pittsburgh: Six Gallery Press, 2005.

The Lakes of Coma. Pittsburgh: Six Gallery Press, 2003.

Edited Anthology:

Honeysuckle, Honeyjuice: A Tribute to James Liddy. Ed. Michael S. Begnal. Galway, Ireland: Arlen House, 2006.

Book Chapters:

"Paul Tillich Never Took Ativan." Winter Tales: Men Write about Aging. Ed. Duff Brenna and Thomas E. Kennedy. Copenhagen and Florham Park, NJ: Serving House Books, 2011. 220-226.

"In James Liddy's Country." Afterword. Fest City. By James Liddy. Galway, Ireland: Arlen House, 2010. 73-79.

"The Ancients Have Returned Among Us: Polaroids of 21st Century Irish Poetry." Avant-Post: The Avant-Garde under "Post-" Conditions. Ed. Louis Armand. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia, 2006. 299-324.

"‘Alien Primitive and Dionysian': Some Thoughts on James Liddy." Afterword. I Only Know That I Love Strength in My Friends and Greatness. By James Liddy. Galway, Ireland: Arlen House, 2003. 97-101.

Articles in Scholarly or Literary Journals:

"‘Gluaisidh a Chlanna Gael': Irish Poetry and Republicanism." Cork Literary Review 11 (2005): 16-24.

"Art and Revolution." Poetry Ireland News (January/February 2004): 4.

"‘To Be an Irishman Too': Jack Kerouac's Irish Connection." Studies 92 (2003): 371-77.

Selected Book Reviews:

Doing the Same in English by Maurice Scully. An Sionnach: A Journal of Literature, Culture, and the Arts 5.1-2 (2009): 314-17.

What's in Store by Trevor Joyce. Free Verse 14 (Spring 2008).

City West by Catherine Walsh. Poetry Ireland Review 90 (2007): 115-17.

Black State Cars by Alan Jude Moore. Poetry Ireland Review 82 (2005): 107-09.

September Elegies by Mary O'Donnell, What Darkness Covers by Tony Curtis, Dissecting the Heart by Rosita Boland, and Manhandling the Deity by John F. Deane. Poetry Ireland Review 78 (2003/2004): 90-95.

Dàin do Eimhir by Sorley MacLean, Furnace of Love by Tadhg Gaelach Ó Súilleabháin, and Mis by Biddy Jenkinson. Poetry Ireland Review 75 (2002/2003): 73-77.

Loco i Lios na Caolbhaí by Mícheál Ó Ruairc and Gaolta Gairide edited by Máirín Nic Eoin. Poetry Ireland Review 74 (2002): 99-105.

Sruth Teangacha/Stream of Tongues by Gearóid Mac Lochlainn. Poetry Ireland Review 73 (2002): 130-33.