A first generation college student, Michael Gills earned the B.A. from the University of Arkansas. He was Randall Jarrell Fellow at the MFA Program at University of North Carolina Greensboro, and received the Ph.D. in fiction writing from the University of Utah. His first collection of short fiction, Why I Lie, was published by U. of Nevada Press in 2002. It won a Utah Book Prize and was chosen as a top literary debut by The Southern Review. A novel, Go Love, came out in Fall 2011 from Raw Dog Screaming Press.
A second story collection, The Death of Bonnie and Clyde, was published by Texas Review Press in February 2012, the title story of which won Southern Humanities Review’s Hoepfner Prize for the best story published there in 2010. Part one of White Indians, a “visionary memoir” was published in fall 2013 by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Part two is due out in fall 2015. Voted by his students as the Distinguished Honors Professor for 2012, Gills teaches all levels of Honors writing.
Stray Dogs: Writing from the Other America
“The Importance of Writing: A Vehicle On The Road to Truth”
Michael Gills Papers, 1979-2013
Exercise and poem in The Working Poet: 75 Writing Exercises and a Poetry Anthology
Books by Michael Gills, to purchase locally visit The King’s English Bookshop
Interviews and Reviews
House Across From the Deaf School : 15 Bytes Review
House Across From the Deaf School : Project Muse Review
15 Bytes Interview
Rise and Write
Heidi’s Pick Six: Michael Gills
1/2 Dozen with Michael Gills
White Indians review
Go Love review