Michael Ursell is a writer, educator, and digital strategist with a background in development. He worked at the Los Angeles Review of Books as a communications director and an editor for the nonprofit magazine’s poetry section. He arrived at LARB after winning a competitive fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies “Public Fellows” program. Michael holds a PhD in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he wrote about French and English Renaissance poetry and taught many classes, from Shakespeare to intro composition. His academic writing has appeared in publications including Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, Connotations, and The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.