Michael D. Burke

Professor of English

Office: Miller Library 223 [ campus map ]
Box 5267

Phone: 207-859-5267
Fax: 207-859-5252
Mailing Address:
5267 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8852
Burke, Michael D.


B.A., Philosophy, University of California at Berkeley, 1978
M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1984

Areas of Expertise

  • Creative nonfiction prose
  • Environmental literature
  • Nature writing
  • Feature writing
  • American Literature 1865-Present

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
EN120 ALanguage, Thought, and Writing
EN135 ALiterary New York
EN280 ACreative Nonfiction Writing I
EN282 AEnvironmental Literature: Reading through the Ecocritical Prism
EN380 ACreative Nonfiction Writing II
IS135 ANew York: Modern Global City

Professional Information

Michael Burke has been at Colby since 1987, and has taught courses in Composition, American Literature, and Historical Contexts, as well as in the Integrated Semester Program. His interests are in Creative Nonfiction, Environmental Literature, and African-American Literature, and he has published nonfiction in such forums as Outside, Yankee, Islands, The New York Times, Down East, The Boston Globe, and New England Monthly. His book The Same River Twice, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2006, and he is currently at work on another project, concerning the national parks of South Africa.



The Same River Twice: A Boatman's Journey Home. University of Arizona Press.2006

�Rangeley, Maine.� Yankee Magazine�s Great Weekend Getaways in New England, Globe Pequot, 1998: Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

�The Tallest Lady in the World.� Those Eccentric Yankees, editor John Lovell. Yankee Books. 1991: Camden, Maine.

PERIODICALS (in chronological order)

"Highland Fling", article, The Cape Times (South Africa), August 14, 2005

"Migrations", essay, for student publication, Sandy River Review, Fall 2004

Book Review, ISLE, volume 12.1 (Winter 2005), of "The Wild God of the World", editor Albert Gelpi

Essay, "On the part-time Track," Chronicle of Higher Education, March 19 2004.

"Kimber Lives on the Wild and Domestic Side," Book Review, The Colby Echo, February 27, 2003.

"A Sucker for Sawyer Prints", feature article on Charles Sawyer prints, Down East, October 2002.

"Twelve Thousand Years", Book Review, Down East, of Twelve Thousand Years (the history of natives in Maine), June 2002.

"WOOT's Up in Wales?", sidebar, Colby Magazine, on international outdoor orientation program, Winter 2002.

"This Unique Place", Book Review, Down East, on John Cole's collection of essays, In Maine. November 2001.

"Sugaring � Big Time", Down East, March 2001.

Excerpt from Me and Sid: A Journey by Rivers, Organization and Environment,
appeared January 2001, Volume 13, Number 4.

�About This Place,� Colby Magazine, Summer 2000.

�Mount Deserted.� Yankee Magazine. Nonfiction feature. January 1996.

�The Wild River.� Country Home. Travel column, on Maine outdoor sports. June 1995.

____. Independent Business/95. Brief column, on fiddlehead fern cannery. May 1995.

�Sentimental Journey.� Country Home. Travel essay, on windjamming off Maine coast, April 1995.

�Bethel, Maine.� Country Home, February 1995, nonfiction feature, on Bethel, Maine.

�The Way the Galaxie Ends.� Beyond Memos. Faculty publication of the University of Maine at Farmington. Short story. Spring, 1994.

�Maple Season.� Northern New England Review, #17, essay. Spring 1992.

�A Place Where the Clocks Run Slow.� Yankee Magazine. Nonfiction feature (cover story). May 1992.

�Connecting the Dots on the Maine Island Trail.� Yankee Magazine, Nonfiction feature. October 1991.

Review of Billy Watson�s Croker Sack, by Franklin Burroughs. Maine Sunday Telegram. Book review. April 28, 1991.

�A Stroll Along the Allagash.� Down East. Nonfiction feature. March 1991.

�Back of Beyond.� New England Monthly. Nonfiction feature. May 1990.

�Book Collection Reveals Personal Past.� Maine Sunday Telegram. Essay. April 8, 1990.

�100 Hikes in Maine.� Down East. Book review. April 1990.

�Happy, Watery Trails to You.� Islands. Nonfiction feature, April 1990.

�A Wild and Spectacular Journey by River through British Columbia.� Boston Globe. Travel essay. October 15, 1989.

�Island Hopping off Maine.� Outside Magazine. Nonfiction feature. September 1989.

�The Outer Limits.� New England Monthly. Nonfiction feature. July 1989.

�The Tallest Lady in the World.� Yankee Magazine. Nonfiction feature. November 1988.

�The Lost Trains of the Allagash.� New England Monthly. Nonfiction feature. May 1988.

�The Moose Patrol.� New England Monthly. Nonfiction feature. October 1987.

�The Masters of White Water.� New England Monthly. Nonfiction feature. May 1987.

�A Hill of Wooded Wilderness Just Beyond the Backyard.� The New York
Times. Essay. March 22, 1987.

�A Reawakening on Indian Creek.� Hampshire Life. Essay. March 20, 1987.



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