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Michael Fontana

Author's Bio

In addition to his listed fiction publications, Michael Fontana is currently at work on a novel. He has taught writing courses at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and at NorthWest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville, Arkansas. He has read in a variety settings, ranging from a public park to a university auditorium to a bar. His most important work has been in developing writing opportunities for homeless people and people living with mental illnesses.

Publications and Prizes

Journals:
Alabama Literary Review, Amoskeag, Brink Magazine, Cezanne's Carrot, Christopher Street, Coal City Review, Colorado Review, Every Day Fiction, Fiction International, Ghoti Magazine, Libido, Nebo, Thema, Wanderings, Whiskey Island, Willow Springs
Prizes:
Individual Artist Fellowship, Ohio Arts Council, 1995; Older Writers Grant, Speculative Literature Foundation, 2015

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Manifestoes of Surrealism by Andre Breton, A Stranger on Earth: The Life and Work of Anna Kavan by Jeremy Reed, The Palm-Wine Drinkard and My Life in the Bush of Ghosts by Amos Tutuola, Selected Stories by Robert Walser, Convergences by Octavio Paz
Favorite Authors:
William S. Burroughs, Douglas Coupland, Jeanette Winterson, Anna Kavan, Kurt Vonnegut, Nelson Algren, James Baldwin, Sylvia Plath, Janet Frame, Italo Calvino, Paul Bowles, Surrealists like Robert Desnos, many others

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: June 3, 2015

More Information

Listed as:
Fiction Writer
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Adults, Homeless people, Mentally Ill
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Columbus, OH
Raised in:
Columbus, OH

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