Mick Cochrane, PhD Professor
Mick Cochrane, PhD
Director of Creative Writing
Professor of English
PhD, University of Minnesota
BA, College of St. Thomas
Areas of Specialty: Fiction Writing, Literary Publishing, Literary Nonfiction, Writing For Young Adults
Office hours: T-R 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and by appointment
Mick Cochrane, PhD is a native of St. Paul, MN, and a graduate of the University of St. Thomas. He earned his PhD in English literature from the University of Minnesota, and since 1985 has been a member of the Canisius College English Department. His interests include eighteenth-century literature, biography, contemporary fiction, and creative writing. Cochrane compiled Boswell’s Literary Art: An Annotated Bibliography, and has published critical essays in Biography, Eighteenth-Century Life, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, Aethlon, and The Dayton Review. Cochrane is the author of two novels, Flesh Wounds (Nan Talese/Doubleday, Penguin paperback), which was named a finalist in Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Competition in 1997, and Sport (St. Martin’s Press, Univ. of Minnesota Press paperback). His short stories and essays have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Kansas Quarterly, Northwest Review, and Scoring From Second: Baseball from Life. With the support of a Peter Canisius Distinguished Teaching Professorship, he established and still coordinates the Canisius Contemporary Writers Series.
His first novel, Flesh Wounds (Nan Talese/Doubleday), was named a finalist in Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers Competition. His second novel, Sport (St. Martin’s/Dunne Books), was selected for the annual New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age List. The Girl Who Threw Butterflies (Knopf), his first book for young readers, was described by USA Today as “a lovely coming-of-age novel . . . seasoned with small doses of Zen, baseball lore and history." It was named winner of the Judy Lopez Memorial Award for excellence in children’s literature and a finalist for state book awards in Maine, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma. His stories have been published in a number of literary journals, including Cincinnati Review, Five Points, Kansas Quarterly, Northwest Review, and Minnesota Monthly. He’s also published critical essays on Raymond Carver, Bob Dylan, baseball literature, and the art of biography, and he’s received grants from the Saltonstall Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was named Peter Canisius Distinguished Teaching Professor three times. His latest novel, Fitz, will be published by Knopf in November.
His teaching interests include fiction writing, literary publishing, literary nonfiction, and writing for young adults.
“I’ve been blessed with some wonderful readers: people who read drafts of my work with great generosity and sympathy, who enter into it, and are able to let me know where it’s most alive and fresh and where it’s flat. That’s what I try to do for my students—read their work as attentively as I possibly can, describe to them what I think is going on, and help them see new possibilities in what they’ve written, so they can return to it with greater insight and energy.” -- Mick Cochrane