Michael Charles Carolan was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He has received prizes from the Virginia Press Association, the New England Newspaper and Press Association, San Francisco’s Crossroads Irish American Festival and the Atlantic Monthly. His work has been named “Notable” in the Best American Essays series and has appeared in publications like the Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, Santa Fe New Mexican, Springfield Republican, Nashville Review, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Kansas City Star and the Massachusetts Review. He edited a collection of memoirs translated from the Polish published in 2009, his audio essays appear on New England Public Radio.
Michael graduated from the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas-Lawrence and the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He worked in Washington, D.C., environmental and health journalism and for the National Institutes of Health. He was a Heritage Writers Workshop Fellow in Fiction at George Mason University, and has taught at Marlboro College, the University of Massachusetts and Smith College. Today he is a Professor of Practice at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.