The Sovereignty of the Accidental



A stunning book — fresh as a crisp wind after days of sluggish weather. Poems which stir language, memory, momentary intense awareness, to give us back the bracing joy of clear thinking. Brosnan writes with a deft, sure hand. How can there be so much potent magic in a single stanza or phrase? It’s as if he found the pulse of poetry.

— Naomi Shihab Nye 


Against the Current


Heinemann, 1997

“If you want an inside view of what it is like teaching at an inner city school, ‘Against the Current’ will do it for you. The amazing part about this book is that the director of the program is a quadriplegic. I thought John Hockenberry’s book, ‘No Highway’ demonstrated a paraplegic with grit-The Urban Coolaborative Program director, Rob DeBlois, is an amazing individual and educator.”

— Review on Amazon

The Inclusive School

Nonfiction (Education)


For practical, moral, and academic reasons, a quality school in the 21st century requires a deep understanding of diversity and how schools can work against some of the larger cultural confusion about diversity in America in order to educate the next generation of enlightened leaders and engaged citizens. But developing and maintaining diverse, inclusive communities is an ongoing challenge for schools, requiring constant attention, good will, and continuing dialogue.

For that reason, Independent School Editor Michael Brosnan has put together this selection of essential articles from the magazine that draw on the expertise of seasoned practitioners in the field and cover the broad spectrum of diversity issues — including race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, and more.



I serve as Senior Editor for Teaching While White, and occasionally write for the blog under my name. 


I do some writing and editing for Carney, Sandoe and Associates, a Boston-based firm that does teacher placement, school leadership searches, and education consulting. 


In addition to an Editor’s Note in more than 80 issues of Independent School magazine, I wrote numerous articles and reviews, including:


Hiring and Retaining Teachers of Color: The How and Why of It, Second Edition, Association of Independent Schools of New England, 2015.

From Assimilation to Inclusion: How White Educators and Educators of Color Can Make Diversity Work, Association of Independent Schools of New England, 2009.

Thriving in Independent School, An AISNE Guide for Teachers of Color, Association of Independent Schools of New England, 2003.


My poetry has appear in numerous journals over the years, including Borderlands, Prairie SchoonerBarrow Street, ConfrontationSlipstreamMuddy River PoetryRattleNew Letters, Borrowed SolaceAji MagazineDunes Review, The Antigonish ReviewThe New Limestone Review3Elements ReviewThe AuroreanHitchLit ReviewNarrative Northeast, Gravitas, Straight Forward  PoetryThe Hungry Chimera, Ibbetson StreetGnuBelletristThe LakeRiver Heron Poetry, Foliate Oak Literary ReviewThe MothInto the Teeth of the WindInto the VoidCider Press ReviewThe PedestalPort Smith, The 2RiverViewPuckerbrush ReviewCreative LivingPotomac ReviewOff the CoastAnapest, Black Fly ReviewAnemoneKennebec Review, and Aileron.

Here's a sample of poems available online:

“Bookmarked,” “Quick,” and “The Mourning Dove” — Aji Magazine

For No One” — The New Limestone Review

Certain Light” — 3Elements Review

Cocktail Hour” — Rattle

Arrowhead” — Foliate Oak

The Year to Come” — Cider Press Review

“Errata,” “Crow,” and “Ping-Pong with Pliny” — available on Project Muse

Big Zoo” — Narrative Northeast

The End of the Road” — 2RiverView

After the Blizzard” — Anapest

At Charlie Mann's All-Pro Grill” — Anapest