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Mitchell LesCarbeau Ph.D.

Professor of English

Dunton Hall 332
One Brennan Circle
Poultney, VT 05764-1199
Email Address:
802-287-8345; Fax: 802-287-8080

Mitch LesCarbeau is Professor of English at Green Mountain College, an environmental liberal arts college with an international focus. His academic background concentrated in British literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with an emphasis on Romantic and Victorian poetry, as well as a secondary concentration in twentieth century British literature. His dissertation is entitled The Struggle to Unite Matter: Matthew Arnold and the Problem of Nature. In this work, Prof. LesCarbeau argues that a chronological reading of Arnold's poetry and prose criticism reveals a conflict between a more Romantic vision of the natural world and a more "objective," scientific perception of nature, a conflict that is resolved in favor of the former as Arnold matures. Since then, Mitch LesCarbeau's interests have broadened to include modern and contemporary American poetry, literature and film, the literature of nature, ancient Greek literature and mythology, and the literature of the sea.

His primary academic pursuit is the writing of poetry. He has been published in a large number of academic and literary journals and has won a number of awards for his poetry (see below). He was among the first at Green Mountain College to teach courses in the literature of nature and in creative writing about the environment. Since then he has also taught courses in nature and film as well as those dealing in modern and contemporary visions of nature in American poetry.

Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dissertation: The Effort to Unite Matter: The Problem of Nature in the Poetry of Matthew Arnold
M.A. University of Rhode Island
B.A. University of Rhode Island
Magna Cum Laude and admitted to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Research Interests
His current creative projects include assembling new material for a poetry manuscript, distributing several manuscripts to prospective publishers via literary competitions, and re-working a book-length prose piece on the Arizona desert. This summer he hopes to begin work on a creative nonfiction piece on the aesthetics of sailing.

Courses Taught
He has taught at Green Mountain College for ten years. A sampling of these courses includes: The Western Imagination, Introduction to Film, Literature and Film, The Triumph of the Irrational: Nineteenth Century British Poetry, British Literature II Survey Course, Mythology, Ancient Greek Literature in Translation, Seminar in World Literature, The Literature of the Sea, The Literature of the Southwest, Writing About the Environment, Images of Nature, Nature in Modern and Contemporary American Poetry, Introduction to Creative Writing, Creative Writing Seminar in Poetry, Introduction to Composition, Intermediate Composition, Voices of Community, Modern American Poetry from Whitman to the Present, as well as a large number of independent studies and supervision of portfolio readings, theses, and Senior creative writing projects. Many of these projects have involved writing or writing about poetry, although he has overseen such varied projects as theses on Thomas Hardy, Carl Jung, Sylvia Plath, and D.H. Lawrence.

Mitch was chosen by Green Mountain College to lead a group of 15 students to Brunnenburg Castle, a 13th century castle in the north of Italy, for the spring semester, 2010. Mitch will teach two courses: A creative writing class in poetry and creative nonfiction on the landscape and art of Italy, and a course on mythic elements in Western literature, including Homer, Euripides, Shakespeare, Conrad, Beckett, and Ginsberg. He also hopes to take the class on a tour of Venice and Florence, focusing on the variety of Renaissance art. Students will also be taking courses from professors residing in the castle: Agroarchaeology, the culture of food in Europe, a class on the hero in Medieval literature and art, and a class on the influential Modernist poet, Ezra Pound, taught by his daughter. Students will be taking a full semester's worth of credits.

Prof. LesCarbeau has been published in a number of literary journals and magazines, including:
The Carolina Quarterly, The Columbia Review, The Graham House Review, The Hawaii Review, Interim, The Literary Review, The Nation, The New England Review, The New Mexico Humanities Review, The Poet, Poet Lore, The Best of Poet Lore, Tendril, The Threepenny Review, The Widener Review, and Yankee Magazine.

Also in Award Winning Poets of the Chester Jones National Poetry Competition, Little Magazine, The New England Journal, The New Renaissance, Sycamore Review, Swallow's Tale, Avenue, The Blue Unicorn, Alaska Quarterly, Albatross, , The Carolina Quarterly, The Berkeley Poetry Review, The Marlboro Review, The South Carolina Review, The Georgetown Review, The Timber Creek Review, The Louisiana Review, The Baltimore Review, Iconoclast, Common Ground, SeaStories, The Aegean Review, and elsewhere.

In December of 2003 Mitch had his book The Comedy of Memory published by The Chestnut Hill Press.
The book will soon be available in the campus bookstore and at the library. Copies are also available directly from Mitch.

He has also been awarded stays in such artists colonies as Yaddo and the Dorland Mountain Colony. He has given readings around Vermont, as well as at the 42nd Street "Y" in New York, in Boston, Cambridge, and Rhode Island.

Modern Language Association Conference
2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008: NEW/CUE Conference, Booth Bay Harbor, Member, Planning Board NEW/CUE (led workshops in poetry and creative nonfiction nature writing)

Selected Green Mountain Service
Poets in Person Programs; scholar, Poultney Public Library; director, Reader to Reader Series, Reverie (the literary magazine of Green Mountain College); Editor and Advisor, Chair of several search committees in English, member of Academic Affairs Committee, Academic Planning Board, Environmental Studies Planning Committee, Department of English, Philosophy, and Communications Department; Chair, English and Writing Program; Program Director, Progressive Program Member, chair and member of various other ad hoc committees, and many colloquium readings of poetry before the faculty.

Awards and Honors
National Poetry Competition, Finalist
NEH Summer Seminar in Myth, Harvard University
NEH Summer Seminar in Physics, Yale University
The Grolier Prize in Poetry
The Galway Kinnell Prize, Finalist
The Discovery/The Nation Award in Poetry
The Pushcart Prize, Nominee
He has also been granted stays at Yaddo and Dorland Mountain Colonies.

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