About Michael Downs
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Michael Downs won third-place in an all-comers writing contest at Naubuc Elementary School for his story "The Day the World Went Poof." Since then, he's written everything from homemade comic books to newspaper reports on college basketball games to reviews of restaurants that serve too much fried food. When he studied literary writing, he was fortunate to have a mentor who told him, "we write from where we get the wound," which led Michael to focus on his hometown. The results include House of Good Hope: A Promise for a Broken City, which won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize, and The Greatest Show, a story collection inspired by the historic Hartford Circus Fire.
Michael has won literary fiction fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Arts. He teaches creative writing at Towson University in Maryland and lives in Baltimore. With his wife, who is 17 years older, he writes the blog HimPlus17 about love and age. His work is represented by Esmond Harmsworth of the literary agency, Zachary Shuster Harmsworth.
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