Michael Brosnan is the author of The Sovereignty of the Accidental, published by the local Harbor Mountain Press. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Borderlands, New Letters, and The Moth. He is the author of Against the Current, a book on inner city education that served as a basis for the award-winning documentary Accelerating America. He has written and edited numerous essays and articles on issues of equity and justice in education, and currently serves as senior editor for the blog Teaching While White. He lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, runs in all directions, and plays the Irish tenor banjo.
A "stunning book...It's as if he found the pulse of poetry…” - Naomi Shihab Nye
An interest in folk music and the labor movement - begun right out of high school when he went to work in the factories of Waterloo, Iowa -- led John O’Connor to a 30-year career as a folk singer and a cultural educator, performing in concerts, coffeehouses, schools and colleges, union education programs and political action events. In the late 1990s, O’Connor began sending out his emotionally-charged poems. Since then he has seen his work published in dozens of literary magazines including Cold Mountain, Rattle, and Columbia: A Journal of Literature. He has won the Prague Prize (Associated Writer’s Program) and his poetry has been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. His collection of poems, Half the Truth, won the Violet Reed Haas Prize for Poetry. He lives in Vermont and New York.
“O’Connor knows how to braid the essential detail, the individual, and the epoch… Half the Truth is a stunning book.” – D. Nurkse
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Poetry. "I was riding in a plane from Dublin when I read Michael Brosnan's poem in The Moth. You know when you feel you've found a poet for keeps? At that moment I wondered if he had many books. Turns out, Brosnan had no poetry book. Now he does. Please greet his debut as I did. He's one for the company of others.
Poetry. HALF THE TRUTH by John Paul O'Connor is poetry's Wonder Years, but all grown up, grittier and lonelier. It takes the reader back in time, to Vietnam, and the moon landing, to when people smoked, and built bomb shelters. It is an honest look from the inside, from a speaker who is simultaneously participant and witness.