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.

I have three full-length books forthcoming—You Might Forget the Sky was Ever Blue from Duck Lake Books (September 2019), Circus Folk from Hoot ‘n’ Waddle (November 2019), and The Long Way Home from Cowboy Jamboree Press (2020).

My chapbook, Autopsy and Everything After, won The Florida Review's Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Contest (2017-2018). I previously published two other chapbooks, The Leo Burke Finish with Gimmick Press (2017) and Distance Traveled with Bent Window Books (2018).

I won Bayou Magazine's Jim Knudsen Editor’s Prize for Fiction (2014) and Prime Number Magazine's Flash Fiction Contest (2017). My piece, “Training” was selected for inclusion in Best Microfiction 2019.

I've previously published or have work forthcoming in over 200 different publications, including The Normal School, Passages North, Barrelhouse, Hobart, Hot Metal Bridge, 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), and Best of the Net honors (2011, 2016, 2017), and had work on the Longlist for Wigleaf's Top 50 Very Short Fictions (2017).

For twelve years, I wrote most of the content for a a blog about a cappella music; for most of the last decade or so I’ve been writing for various Internet venues about 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 read interviews with me via Sequestrum, The Rappahannock Review (2015 and 2017), Orson's Review, Coffin Bell, and Milk Candy Review.

You can follow me on Twitter @miketchin and email me at mikec at acappellablog dot com.