Michael Fallon, Senior Lecturer, has taught creative writing, literature, and composition at UMBC since 1985. He is also the Advising Coordinator for the English Department and Faculty Supervisor of the writing labs. He is a widely published poet and essayist, whose recent works have appeared in The American Scholar, The Antietam Review, Sin Fronteras, The Attic, and The Oyez Review. His essay “Rediscovering Poe: The Mask and the Man” appeared in the Summer 2008 issue of the Loch Raven Review. His book of poems, A History of the Color Black, was published by Dolphin-Moon Press in 1991. His current ms of Poems, The Great Before and After, is looking for a publisher, and he is currently working on another poetry collection, The Mourning Cloak. He has edited two literary magazines: Puerto del Sol (1980-81) and the Maryland Poetry Review (1984-91) of which he was founding editor. Fallon is past President of the Maryland Poetry and Literary Society (1984-91) and has been active as judge and evaluator for Poetry Out Loud and Maryland State Fellowship Awards in Poetry, as well as grant reviewer for the Maryland State Arts Council and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Fallon was awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Fellowship Grant in Poetry in 1988 and was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Arts in 1991.
Graduates of UMBC's Creative Writing Program are active participants in Baltimore, Columbia (MD) and Washington DC literary arts organizations, such as the Maryland State Poetry & Literary Society and the Harford and Howard County Poetry Societies; editors of such literary magazines as The Attic and The Oyez Review; and promoters and administrators of poetry and fiction readings. A number have also entered MFA and PhD programs at University of Maryland College Park, George Mason University, Roosevelt University, UCLA, Trinity College in Ireland, and many more.