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Michael McAllister

mikemcallisterATmacDOTcom

 

Education

M.F.A., Writing, Nonfiction, Columbia University, 2008

  • Thesis: Family Physics (a true story)

B.A., Sociology, New College of Florida, 1993

  • Thesis: The Sociological Effects of AIDS on Gay Men

 

Additional Education

Summer Seminar for Writers, Sarah Lawrence College, 2003

Memoir Workshops, University of California, Berkeley-Extension, 2001-2003

The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose, The Loft Literary Center, 1995

 

Work Experience

Freelance Writer & Editor                                                   1993-2015

Produced content for newspapers, magazines, blogs, as well as small business marketing materials. Researched and wrote a book-length nonfiction manuscript, currently in final revision.

Online Marketing/Social Media Manager, dogtec          2011-2013

Created online marketing strategies and produced content for an organization dedicated to assisting dog professionals (trainers, walkers, groomers, etc.) set up, maintain, and grow their small businesses. Managed the business social media accounts, producing content while growing fanbase.

Instructor, The Barbershop Writing Group                    2007-2009

Founded and managed a private writing workshop in conjunction with a San Francisco reading series.

Research Assistant, Columbia University                               2006

Created online marketing strategies and produced content for an organization dedicated to assisting dog professionals (trainers, walkers, groomers, etc.) set up, maintain, and grow their small businesses. Managed the business social media accounts, producing content while growing fanbase.

 

Volunteer Experience

Founder: The Barbershop Reading Series                             2007-2009

Curated and hosted a literary series featuring established and emerging writers, at a San Francisco barbershop.

Nonfiction Editor: Columbia Journal                                      2004 – 2006

Solicited, selected, and edited nonfiction writing for a literary journal with national distribution.

Co-founder: Nonfiction Dialogues                                            2005 – 2006

Founded and managed a series of discussions between established nonfiction writers and Columbia students about career and craft.

Tutor: 826 Valencia                                                                        2004

Provided one-on-one tutoring for a high school freshman working on a six week “personal expression” project through 826 Valencia, a drop-in writing center for students ages 8-18 in San Francisco.

 

Honors and Awards

Honorable Mention, Short Story Award for New Writers, Glimmertrain, “A Story About a Very Bad Thing,” 2016.

Catwalk Art Residency Fellowship. 2016.

Dean’s Fellow. Columbia University, School of the Arts, Writing Division. 2004 and 2005.

Hertog Fellow, Columbia University, School of the Arts, Writing Division. 2005.

Finalist, William Allen Creative Nonfiction Prize, The Journal (Ohio State University MFA program) Essay: “The Consequence”. June 2004

Finalist, 2004 Gulfcoast Nonfiction Prize (University of Houston Writing program). Essay: “The Introvert” June 2004

Finalist, The Loft-McKnight Award in Poetry. Minneapolis, 1996

First Prize, City Pages Annual Poetry Award, Minneapolis, 1996

Finalist, The Loft-McKnight Award in Poetry, Minneapolis, 1995

 

Publications and Awards

“A Death in Nicaragua,” (memoir), War, Literature, and Art, 2016

“Getting Googled” (memoir), California Prose Directory: An Anthology of New Writing from the Golden State, Outpost19, 2013

“Join the Club” (memoir), The Rumpus, 2010

“The Boy in the Diary” (memoir), The Sienese Shredder, 2010

“Miss Michael in the Mirror” (memoir), Fourteen Hills, 2009

“Sleeping Eros” (memoir), From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up, 2006 Da Capo Press

Freelance articles for various publications covering the arts in Minneapolis, including the Minneapolis

Star-Tribune and Performance Twin Cities. 1995 – 1997.

Jack on Jack on King on King (poetry), The Minnesota Center for Book Arts and INK-A! Press, 1996.

“Commercial Poem”, Long Shot. 1996

“Sarasota” (poem), The Evergreen Chronicles. Winter/Spring 1995

“Stories Swallowed” (poem), The James White Review. 1995

 

Selected Public Readings

National Queer Arts Festival, San Francisco, 2013

Litquake, 2011

The Barbershop Reading Series, San Francisco, 2010

Nuyorican Poets, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 1995