Michael Carolan was born in Kansas City, Missouri. He writes fiction and nonfiction and teaches literature and writing at Clark University. He is working on his first novel, Highway for Our God.

His writing has won prizes from the Atlantic Monthly (2007) and the Crossroads Irish-American Festival(2011) and has appeared in venues such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Kansas City Star, National Public Radio, and the Massachusetts Review. His feature photography won a Washington Postaward.His poetry and criticism have been published in Crate and Pebbles.

He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was nominated for the Distinguished Teacher Award. He taught the course, “The Thirsty Muse: Alcohol and Madness in Film and Literature” that combined literature, biography, film studies, addiction studies, and medico-social history. He has taught writing at the University of Hartford and Marlboro College.

He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and two children. Email him at michaelcharlescarolan@gmail.com