Michael Gills


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.

Honors Classes

HONOR 2211 Writing in Honors
HONOR 3200 Research University
HONOR 3210 Travel Writing
HONOR 3850 Novel Writing Workshop – USA Today,UNEWS, KSL, KUTV

Works Links

Stray Dogs: Writing from the Other America
The Importance of Writing: A Vehicle On The Road to Truth
Michael Gills Papers, 1979-2013
Eternally Yours
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


UofU Faculty Profile: Biography

Curriculum Vitae