Corey McConnell is a poet, student, and explorer in Fort Worth, TX. He recently completed a Bachelor of the Arts in Great Texts of the Western Tradition at Baylor University and has moved back to his hometown, Fort Worth, to pursue work and writ. His work has yet to receive publication outside his university literary journal, The Phoenix, although his first major work, an Epic Poem title Among The Fog is currently seeking publication alongside a sonnet series based upon Vivaldi's Four Quartets. It is the author's hope that the work will arrive shortly and shatter the nonexistent market for long-form narrative verse.
The author regularly publishes free poetry on his blog and is known for wry nature poetry, brooding Christian faith poems and poetry that incorporates classical, mythological, and artistic themes. He often writes while traveling and exploring nature, having a deep passion for hiking and climbing.
Major influences include Seamus Heaney, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is particularly influenced by the school of the Romantics with an appreciation for the philosophies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and John Muir and the art of the Hudson River School, Caspar David Friedrich, and J.M.W. Turner.
His greatest inspiration, however, will always be Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy. Having studied the epic traditions of Homer, Virgil, Tasso, Spenser, Donne, and Milton in college, the author defines Dante as the true master of the epic tradition. The author is likewise inspired by the medieval tradition and his personal philosophy is heavily indebted to Psuedo-Dionysius, St. Augustine, and Boethius to name a few.
While the bulk of his studies centered upon the western canon of literature, the author is deeply interested in the eastern tradition as well; having studied the Vedic and Hindu traditions in depth, he is fascinated with the Himalayas and the various cultures at their base. The author also owes a great deal to Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the remaining Russian canon; though his favorite book of all time will always remain the glorious Count of Monte Cristo with J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series a close second.