Michael Blaine is a poet and public school teacher. He received a 2006 Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature and won the Dogfish Head poetry contest for his chapbook Murmur (Bay Oak Press). His writing mostly focuses on the human experience and the Eastern Shore using various traditional and modern structures.
Blaine has taught poetry workshops and led discussion sessions for various groups and organizations. He regularly reads from his work at various venues including the Milton Poetry Festival, the Robert Frost Festival in Key West, Florida, and the Chincoteague 2nd Saturday Art Stroll. He is the poetry club adviser for Laurel High School and tutors individuals in poetry writing.
Blaine’s poetry and short stories have appeared in journals such as Baltimore Review, G.W. Review, Mid-Atlantic Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Rivendell, HazMat Review, Chesapeake Bay Magazine, and Georgetown Review. He has had tanka, haiku, and senryu published in Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Ribbons, and Lilliput Review.
Blaine founded and edited for five years the Delmarva Review, a forty-eight paged publication that features writing from the Eastern Shore. He currently co-edits the Delaware Poetry Review and advises the Broadkill Review. He is a member of the Haiku Society of America, the Tanka Society of America, the Rehoboth Beach Writers' group.
Blaine was born in Oxford, Mississippi in 1968, but grew up on the Eastern Shore of Delaware. He returned to Oxford to study English at the University of Mississippi and graduated in 1992. He later received a master’s degree in English at Salisbury University. This marks his 21st year teaching High School English in Delaware. He teaches English as an adjunct at Delaware Technical and Community College. Blaine lives in Seaford with his wife and three children.
Seaford, DE 19973