Michael T. Fournier’s novel "Swing State" (Three Rooms Press) unveils the generally overlooked decades-long economic downturn in the rural Northeast. With an unflinching eye, Fournier lays bare the dim dreams and raw existence of the lives of three seemingly disparate residents of a small town in New Hampshire, who share the same goal: get out. Roy Eggleton, an Afghanistan vet, deals with emotional issues that hamper his ability to find work. Zachariah Tietz, an overweight friendless teenager, develops a reality game show he deludes himself into believing will be his ticket out. Fireworks freak, bully, and petty thief Dixon Dove works at a fast food restaurant managed by a known pervert to save enough extra money to leave. As the story unfolds, the paths of all three characters begin to intertwine. Tension and conflict build as the convergence of bullying and terrorism blurs until the consequences are fatal.
His debut novel, “Hidden Wheel,” uses his punk rock background to reflect on the financial crisis, forced obsolescence, and nature of criticism. The nice folks at Three Rooms Press published the novel in October 2011.
Fournier is also the author of a book-length discussion of the Minutemen’s 1984 album “Double Nickels On The Dime,” the 45th installment of Continuum Press’s “33 1/3” series.
His writing has appeared in/on, among others, Vice.com, the Oxford American, Pennsylvania English, Stolen Island Review, Pitchfork, Fluke, Chunklet and the Boston Phoenix.
He edits Cabildo Quarterly, a broadsheet literary journal, with poet Lisa Panepinto.
He has taught literature and punk rock history at Emerson College, Tufts University, University of Maine, and beyond.
He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and their cat.