MikeAgnesOrangeChairI’m happiest when I’m putting words together.

A few years ago I was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship to pursue an MFA at Columbia University. I served as Nonfiction Editor for Columbia: A Journal of Art and Literature, and I co-founded Nonfiction Dialogues, a reading/discussion series that is still going strong. I was also awarded a Hertog Fellowship to act as research assistant for author Brad Gooch on his biography of Flannery O’Connor, published by Back Bay Books in 2010.

I’ve been working on a memoir for more than a few years now. It causes me no end of grief because it’s about family, and family is complicated, and the complications never seem to stop, at least not in my family. I’m interested in writing that deals with mental illness and trauma.

My work has appeared or is forthcoming in War, Literature & the Arts, The Rumpus, Fourteen Hills, The Sienese Shredder, and other journals. A couple of excerpts from my memoir have appeared in a couple of anthologies: From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up, and California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State.

I currently live in the middle of nowhere, Massachusetts, where I work in university administration and plot my return to the big city. I have a long-haired chihuahua named Agnes who I smuggle in everywhere I go.

I can be reached at mikemcallisterATmacDOTcom.