Bio and Contact
I was born and raised in Utica, New York and currently live in Georgia with my wife and son. I'm an alum of the MFA program in creative writing at Oregon State University and the MA program in writing at Johns Hopkins University.
My first two full-length books are forthcoming fall 2019—You Might Forget the Sky was Ever Blue from Duck Lake Books and Circus Folk from Hoot ‘n’ Waddle.
My first chapbook, The Leo Burke Finish, is available from Gimmick Press (2017), and my second chapbook, Distance Traveled, is available from Bent Window Books. My third chapbook, Autopsy and Everything After, won The Florida Review's Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Contest (2017-2018) and is forthcoming from Burrow Press.
I have won Bayou Magazine's Jim Knudsen Editor’s Prize for Fiction (2014) and Prime Number Magazine's Flash Fiction Contest (2017).
I've previously published or have work forthcoming in over 150 different publications, including The Normal School, Passages North, Barrelhouse, Hobart, Iron Horse Literary Review, Front Porch Journal, Bellevue Literary Review, Prairie Schooner online, Waccamaw, and Word Riot. I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize (2016, 2017, 2018), Best New Poets (2016), Best Microfiction (2018), and Best of the Net honors (2011, 2016, 2017) and had work on the Longlist for Wigleaf's Top 50 Very Short Fictions (2017).
I blog regularly about a cappella music and professional wrestling.
I was a co-founder and managing editor for 45th Parallel, an international literary journal based out of Oregon State. I currently serve as a contributing editor for Moss, an online literary journal of the Pacific Northwest.
You can follow me on Twitter @miketchin and email me at mikec at acappellablog dot com.