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Michael’s short fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, New Limestone Review, Portland Review, Fifth Wednesday, and other places. “An Open Letter to America From a Public School Teacher,” originally published in McSweeney’s, received national attention when it was picked up by several news outlets. His story “Pal,” now being adapted as a feature film, was a finalist for the Bristol Prize. His story “Little Bird” was selected by Lily Hoang as the winner of the Black Warrior Review Fiction Contest. His story “Best Launderette” was selected by guest editor Pam Houston for Fifth Wednesday Journal. Michael was a finalist for the 2017 Disquiet Prize.


“Silence” — Watershed Review

“An Open Letter to America from a Public School Teacher” — McSweeney’s Internet Tendency


“Pal” — Finalist for the Bristol Prize, 2020

“The Man from the Egg” — New Limestone Review, January 2020

“To the Touch” — Jelly Bucket, 2020 (as Gina Urban)

“Eyes” — A3 Review, Spring, 2018

“The Cloud” (as “The Upload”) — 50 Word Stories, April, 2018

“Platypus” — Black Market Review, Spring, 2018 bmr_5

“So Much for the Garden of Eden” — Pure Slush

“Until Your Heart Releases You” — Don’t Talk to Me About Love

“Left & Leaving” — Punchnel’s

“Sleepwalker X” — READ HERE. Portland Review, Spring 2015

“Little Bird” —READ HERE Black Warrior Review, Winter 2014 (Read the BWR interview with me)

“Best Launderette” — Fifth Wednesday Journal, Fall 2014

“Papa” –READ HERE. Firewords Quarterly, Spring 2014

“Greetings from Haiti,” –READ HERE. Subtopian, Spring 2014.

“This is Our North Dakota” — READ HERE. Mount Hope Literary Journal, 2013 Full Text Here

“Uncle Wally in the Omniverse” — Flash, October 2012

“Marlboros, the King, and 8 O’Clock Bean” — HerStory Anthology, August 2012

“Best Laid Schemes” —READ HERE. Ferocious Quarterly, Issue 3, Be Prepared 2012

“Anoint Your Engine for a Heavenly Ride” — Ferocious Short Works, December 2011


“I Have to Practice Because of the” — Jelly Bucket

“Domesticated” — The Esthetic Apostle

“Laugh. Don’t Ever Run” — Meat for Tea: The Valley Review

“Mirror Twins” — Manhattanville Review

“Behind these Hands” — The Grief Diaries

“Lost Girl”–The Slag Review

“Insect King” — The Stray Branch

“Refugees” — The Broke Bohemian

“Warrior Women” — cream city review

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