A.B., Harvard College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Clapp Library 200G-7
Heather Corbally BryantLecturer in the Writing Program
Specialist in twentieth-century British and Irish literature; writer.
I am a specialist in twentieth-century British and Irish literature. I am also a writer. I have published a study of the influence of war on Elizabeth Bowen: How Will the Heart Endure, (University of Michigan Press); a novel, Through Your Hands and two poetry chapbooks, Cheap Grace and Lottery Ticket. I am delighted to announce that my new book of poems, “Compass Rose,” was published by the Finishing Line Press in 2016; my first full-length collection, “My Wedding Dress,” was published by the Finishing Line Press in December 2016. “Thunderstorm,” my second full-length collection of poems, is currently on presale at the Finishing Line Press. In addition, my sixth collection of poetry, “Eve’s Lament,” will be published by the Finishing Line Press in the fall of 2017. My work of creative nonfiction about my grandparents in Shanghai during the 1920’s, “You Can’t Wrap Fire in Paper,” has just been accepted for publication. I will be a visiting writer in England during August of 2018, working on a project about women journalists during the Second World War. (These books are available from the finishinglinepress.com and Amazon).
I am interested in British and Irish poetry, particularly written by women. I am interested in the palimpsestic nature of texts. I have written academic articles on Bowen, Yeats, Eliot, and Boland. Since August 2003, I have written a poem a day; consequently, I have written over 5,000 poems. I enjoy teaching writing across the curriculum. I am especially interested in encouraging students to find their own voices, and in providing opportunities for students to make writing a part of their own lives.
I am also an outside reviewer for The Journal of Twentieth-Century Literature and have written articles for The New Hibernian Review.
My poetry has also been included in the anthology Other Voices.
"With her previous book, "My Wedding Dress," Heather Corbally Bryant emerged as a significant contemporary poet chronicling her year's passage through a searing divorce. Now with "Eve's Lament" she continues her chronicle of a woman who as yet is not herself, passing through the phases of the life that we all encounter in one way or another. Echoes of the masters--Stevens, Auden, even Einstein--surround the voice of a contemporary woman busy creating her own self." --George Bornstein, Patrides Professor of Literature, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).
I have given readings in Ireland, and at Harvard, Wellesley, Penn State, Notre Dame, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of a Wisconsin at Madison, Georgia State, and at several other universities and book stores across the US. I was invited to be a featured speaker at the University of Kentucky in March of 2017. I will be giving a reading at Wellesley Books on April 27 at 7 pm in honor of National Poetry Month. I will be reading at the Massachusetts poetry festival in Salem, Mass in May and teaching a poetry workshop in July.
During the academic year 2017-2018, I will be coordinating Writing 201 in the fall semester, and coordinating the Writing 201 tutors for the fall and spring semesters.
I enjoy training for sprint triathlons, attending my children's sporting events: soccer, cross-country, track, and swimming. In whatever other spare time I have, I can be found writing. I have been publishing new poetry frequently on the web at Medium.com, and on twitter @heathercbryant, and on my website.