Visiting Assistant Professor
Tyler Farrell was born in Illinois and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was educated by the Jesuits at Marquette University High School and Creighton University, and by layfolk at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing-Poetry under the direction of Irish-American Poet, James Liddy. Farrell has published poems, essays, and reviews in many periodicals and anthologies. Two recent publications include: The Book of Irish American Poetry (University of Notre Dame Press, 2007) and St. Peter’s B-List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints (Ave Maria Press, 2014). Farrell also wrote a biographical essay for James Liddy’s Selected Poems(Arlen House, 2011) and has two collections of poems published with Salmon Poetry (County Clare, Ireland): Tethered to the Earth (2008) and The Land of Give and Take (2012). Both are available in the MU library or through the Salmon Poetry website. http://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=252&a=30
Farrell’s background and research interests include drama, 20th Century American and British/Irish Poetry and Literature and the films of Akira Kurosawa, the Coen Brothers, Stanley Kubrick, and Otto Preminger. He has also done work on the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, Jim Chapson and Louis MacNeice, the fiction of James Joyce and Harry Sylvester, and the dramas of Martin McDonagh and Samuel Beckett.
Farrell’s current projects include critical papers on John Berryman, Hart Crane, Lorine Niedecker, and Jack Spicer, a new collection of poems entitled Stichomythia, and a critical biography and selected letters of poet and former UW-Milwaukee professor, James Liddy (1934-2008). Farrell is offering a summer class in Ireland (Galway and Dublin) in July/August of 2017. Here is the link for more information and instructions on how to apply - http://studyabroad.marquette.edu/index.cfm?
Farrell has spent the last 15 years studying Irish non-fiction/autobiography and the influence of “place” or “location” on the work of 20th Century New York Poets (Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, Alice Notley), West Coast Poets (Jack Spicer, Robert Duncan, and Richard Brautigan), Midwestern poets (Theodore Roethke, James Wright, John Berryman, and Daniel Berrigan) and the Objectivist Poets (Lorine Niedecker, Louis Zukofsky, George Oppen, Carl Rakosi, and Charles Reznikoff).
Farrell has been teaching in a college setting for the last 16 years (most recently at Northland College and Carroll University) and currently lives in Madison, WI with his wife, Joan and two sons, Holden and Linus. He also spends much of his time in Milwaukee planning and attending readings and cultural events.
- Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Poetry and Literature
- Creative Writing/Rhetoric and Composition
- British and Irish Literature
- Poetry of Place (Midwestern, New York, West Coast and Objectivist Poets)
- Wisconsin Poets: Lorine Niedecker and James Liddy
- Irish Literature (Joyce and Beckett primarily)
- Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Film
- Stichomythia, County Clare, Ireland, Salmon Poetry, 2018, http://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=455&a=30
- The Land of Give and Take, County Clare, Ireland, Salmon Poetry, 2012
- Tethered to the Earth, County Clare, Ireland, Salmon Poetry, 2008
- James Liddy: Selected Poems. Edited and Introduced by John Redmond with a biographical essay by Tyler Farrell. Dublin, Ireland: Arlen House, 2011 135-143
- “Austin Clarke and the Consolations of Irish Catholicism.” The New Hibernia Review Vol. 9 No. 4 (Winter 2006), 113-128. The University of St. Thomas. St. Paul, MN.
- "More Origins of the Poet: Liddy’s Second Memoir.” Irish Literary Supplement 29.2 (Fall 2009) 22-23.
- “The Poet’s Soul Purified: James Liddy.” Irish Literary Supplement 28.2 (Spring 2009) 22-23.
- “The Poet’s Life: John Montague’s The Pear is Ripe." Irish Literary Supplement 27.2 (Spring 2008) 16.
- “The Poet Who Caps Our Being: On the Raft with Fr. Roseliep by James Liddy and Honeysuckle, Honeyjuice: A Tribute to James Liddy." Ed. Michael S. Begnal. Irish Literary Supplement 27.1 (Spring 2007), 29-30.
- “Visions of a Poet: The Doctor’s House: An Autobiography by James Liddy.” An Sionnach (Fall 2005), 154-56.
- “The Struggle of Self-Making: Anglo-Irish Autobiography: Class, Gender, and the Forms of Narrative" by Elizabeth Grubgeld. An Sionnach (Fall 2005), 161-64.
- “Ambition and Text, Well Dreams: Essays on John Montague.” Irish Literary Supplement 24.2 (Spring 2005), 24-25.
- “The Cathedral/Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France.” St. Peter’s B-List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints. Ed. Mary Ann. B. Miller. 2014. Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 111.
- “Milwaukee Afterparty I Should Have Avoided” Verse Wisconsin Online, Issue 113. (Spring 2014). http://versewisconsin.org/Issue113/gaustad/farrell.html
- “Three Family Rummage.” Burning Bush 2 (Issue 5) Dublin, Ireland (Spring 2013), 43. http://issuu.com/burningbush2/docs/burning_bush_2_issue_5_
- “Caul Fat” Burdock 12, Teppichfresser Press (Winter 2012), 9.
- “The Cathedral/Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France.” Burning Bush 2 (Issue 2) Dublin, Ireland (Spring 2012), 8. http://burningbush2.org/previous-issues/issue-two/tyler-farrell/
- “Soft Cheeses” Burdock 11. Teppichfresser Press (Summer 2012), 5.
- “The Truth of Angels and Ravens.” (Winter 2011). http://www.salmonpoetry.com/details.php?ID=252&a=30
- “Milwaukee Afterparty I Should Have Avoided.” Burdock 8. Teppichfresser Press (Fall 2010), 5.
- “Easter with Samuel Beckett”, “Thoughts in an Empty Bar After Thanksgiving”, and “Jane Gallop’s Phone Monkey.” ELM: Eureka Literary Magazine. 18 (Spring 2010), 28-31.
- “Poem for Lorine Niedecker.” The Solitary Plover 12 (Summer 2010), 7.
- “The Apartment of James Liddy.” The Blue Canary 17 (Spring 2010), 23-24.
- “A Topic for the Confessional.” Free Lunch: A Poetry Miscellany. (Autumn 2009, No. 42), 31.
- “A Quick One for John Berryman.” Burdock 5 Teppichfresser Press (Spring 2009), 18.
- “The Lives of the City, Long Forgotten.” Cooweescoowee. 2009, Rogers State University, 60.
- “Mass in Rice Lake.” Paddlefish 2008. University of North Dakota, 45.
- “Looking for the Ghost of Fr. Roseliep.” Burdock 4 Teppichfresser Press (Spring 2008) 19.
- “Letter from Madeline Island.” The Book of Irish American Poetry: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present, 2007. University of Notre Dame Press, 858.
- “More Swift to Run than Birds to Fly” and “The Influence of Joyce and Clarke on the Near Loss of My Faith.” Fire Ring Voices 4, Fall 2007, 16-18.
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