about me

Hi there and thanks for visiting!

I’m a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (guitars, dobro, ukulele, lap steel, flute), and a published writer (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, journalism, scholarship).

I am the author of the poetry chapbook, Letters from Spickert Knob, released May 4, 2023!

As a musician I currently perform with the Louisville-based group I helped found, Crazy Chester. Previously, I performed with the Americana/Roots trio Molly’s Mutts. You can also find me around town at various jams and occasionally sitting in with other musician friends.

For 17 years I taught creative writing and other writing courses as a member of the faculty at Indiana University Southeast.

I earned an MFA in poetry from Spalding University’s Low-Residency Program and also completed an MA in fiction and literature from the University of Louisville.

I occasionally give music and writing workshops and classes. Contact me if you’re interested in in-person or virtual lessons.

I love hiking, camping, and writing with mechanical typewriters or fountain pens.

My wife, son, and I are micro-homesteaders, working a tad less than two acres in New Albany, Indiana, across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, keeping a native-plant meadow, organic garden beds, a butterfly and pollinator garden, and six egg-laying chickens. We also constantly strive remove the invasive bamboo that the previous owners planted.

Best wishes,

Michael

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