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Michael Kobre , MFA, PhD

  • Professor , English Department
  • The Dana Professor of English
  • Department Chair, On-Campus MFA Director
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Michael Kobre teaches modern literature, American literature, critical theory and popular culture in the English department at Queens. He also serves as co-director of the Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Queens. His critical writing and fiction have appeared in TriQuarterly, Tin House, West Branch, Critique, Mississippi Quarterly and other journals. He's the author of Walker Percy's Voices (University of Georgia Press, 2000).

In addition to classes in literature and criticism, he's also offered courses on the political and social context of popular music and on comic books and graphic novels. His recent critical writing has focused on the image, art, and politics of Bruce Springsteen, with a new essay that will be included in a collection on Springsteen to be published by Lexington Books, entitled Theorizing The Boss. He's read more comic books than most academics, and still thinks that Steve Ditko was the best artist to ever draw Spider-Man (by a long shot).

He received the Queens Teaching Award in 1994.



  • MFA, Ph.D.  - Creative Writing, English; The University of Iowa, Ohio University


  • The Queens Teaching Award 1994 Queens University of Charlotte
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