Bio and Contact

I was born and raised in Utica, New York and am a recent alum of the MFA program in creative writing at Oregon State University. I previously graduated from 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 NorthIron 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). In my spare time, I blog about a cappella music and professional wrestling.

You can read interviews with me via The Rappahannock Review and Walking Is Still Honest Poetry Press.

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