About

I work with words for a living, and in my spare hours, I throw a few together and put them here—my failures and fears, my flattering selfies, my lunacies—so that other lunatics know that they’re not alone.

That’s my hope, at least.

You can read a recent true story of mine about sex, dating, distance, and unrequited love, Just Waiting on a Dude, published by the Normal School.

My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Normal School, Brevity, The Rumpus, War, Literature & the Arts, Fourteen Hills, and others. My work has also been featured in various anthologies, and shortlisted for Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award. I have an MFA from Columbia University, where I was nonfiction editor of Columbia Journal.

I live in the middle of nowhere, Massachusetts, where I think about where I want to live next. I have a long-haired chihuahua named Agnes, rescued from the mean streets of Bakersfield.

You can find some of my work at Medium under the name Michael McAllister, the same name scrawled on a birth certificate at a hospital in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1971. On a distant branch of my family tree are the names Jimmy and Beulah Lee Turnipseed.

I come from Turnipseeds.

You can hit me up at dogpoetATmacDOTcom.