Bio and Contact

I was born and raised in Utica, New York and am an alum of the MFA program in creative writing at Oregon State University and the MA program in writing at Johns Hopkins University.

My hybrid chapbook, The Leo Burke Finish is forthcoming in 2017 from Gimmick Press. I won Bayou Magazine's 2014 Jim Knudsen Editor’s Prize for fiction and have previously published or have work forthcoming in over one hundred different publications, including The Normal School, Passages North, HobartIron Horse Literary ReviewFront Porch JournalBellevue Literary ReviewPrairie Schooner online, Waccamaw, and Word Riot. I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize (2016), Best New Poets (2016), and Best of the Net honors (2011, 2016) 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 read interviews with me via The Rappahannock Review (2015 and 2017) and Walking Is Still Honest Poetry Press.

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