Discipline: Theatre – libretto

Michael Dennis Browne

Discipline: Theatre – libretto
Region: Minneapolis, MN
MacDowell fellowships: 2006

Michael Dennis Browne is an English-American poet and librettist. After graduating from the University of Iowa, he taught at Iowa, Columbia, Bennington, and the University of Minnesota. He is now a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for 39 years, served a term as director of the creative writing program, and was a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Browne’s poems have been published in many magazines and anthologies, and his awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. Two of his collections have won the Minnesota Book Award for poetry. His most recent collection of poems, The Voices, was published by Carnegie Mellon in 2016. As a librettist, he has written many texts for music, working for many years with composer Stephen Paulus. Their post-Holocaust oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Other composers he has worked with include John Foley S.J., Carolyn Jennings, Juliana Hall, Tim Takach, and Craig Hella Johnson, with whom he recently collaborated on Considering Matthew Shepard.

Studios

Veltin

Michael Dennis Browne worked in the Veltin studio.

Veltin Studio was donated by alumni of the Veltin School, a school for girls in New York with a highly respected visual arts department. As the plaque just outside the entrance attests, this studio was used by poet Edwin Arlington Robinson during most of the 24 summers he spent at MacDowell. Perhaps most famously, Thornton Wilder put the finishing…

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