Denise Duhamel

Distinguished University Professor


Office: AC1 345

Phone: 305-919-4812


Professor Duhamel earned her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College and specializes in Poetry. She regularly teaches Poetic Techniques, Poetry Writing, Editing and Publishing, and Advanced Poetry Writing. Her most recent books of poetry are Second Story; Scald; and Blowout, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other titles include Ka-Ching!; Two and Two; Queen for a Day: Selected and New Poems; The Star-Spangled Banner; and Kinky. She and Maureen Seaton have co-authored four poetry collections, the most recent of which is CAPRICE (Collaborations: Collected, Uncollected, and New). Her collaboration with FIU Professor Julie Marie Wade, The Unrhymables: Collaborations in Prose, was published by Noctuary Press in 2019. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She served as the guest editor is for The Best American Poetry 2013.

Teaching Philosophy

"Wole Soyinka writes, 'Before you're a writer, you're a citizen, a human being, and therefore the weapons of the citizen are at your disposal to use or not use.' Through reading and discovery and their own work, students enter a great dialogue with contemporary poets."