Michael Downs

Department of English Towson University
Towson, MD 21252

Author's Bio

Michael Downs, a Hartford native, is the author of The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist, his debut novel from Acre Books. Earlier works include The Greatest Show: Stories, inspired by the true story of the Hartford, Conn., circus fire, and House of Good Hope: A Promise for a Broken City, named a finalist in memoir for the Connecticut Book Award. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is a professor of English at Towson University.

Publications and Prizes

House of Good Hope
(University of Nebraska Press, 2007)
, The Greatest Show: Stories
(Louisiana State University Press, 2012)
, The Strange and True Tale of Horace Wells, Surgeon Dentist
(Acre Books, 2016)
Alaska Quarterly Review, Five Points, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, New Letters, River Teeth, Sport Literate, Willow Springs, Witness
Prizes Won: 
NEA literary fellowship in fiction, River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellowship, Maryland State Arts Council grant, Rubys Award

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Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer
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Tucson, AZ
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Last updated: Apr 21, 2018