About Mike

Michael McCormick's award-winning fiction, poetry, and articles have appeared in many journals and anthologies. He is currently writing an urban fantasy novel.

Mike belongs to the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA), Codex Writers Group, League of Minnesota Poets (LOMP), and The Loft Literary Center.

Mike & his wife Laura split their time between Saint Paul, Minnesota and Lake Superior. They enjoy travel, hiking, Tai Chi, and perplexing cats.

 

They have two grown daughters and a growing collection of books, vinyl records, ceramic owls, peculiar rocks, and other anachronisms.

Michael McCormick

Author & Poet

"Mike's gems are hard-edged and precise and that's a rare talent."

- Richard Thieme

   author of Mind Games and Islands in the Clickstream

 
 

Published Works

Science Fiction

Literary Fiction

Poetry

Awards & Recognition

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News & Events

Sep

2020

OPOSSUM PRIZE

Michael McCormick's flash fiction story "Lava Lady" was announced as a finalist for the 2020 Opossum Literary Prize.

June

2020

LIFE ON A PLANET

Michael McCormick's poem "Life on a Planet" appears in issue 3 of Frozen Wavelets.

June

2020

HEARING CRICKETS?

Just in time for summer, Michael McCormick's poem "Crickets" appears in the Summer 2020 issue of Martin Lake Journal.

Mar

2020

A GLASS DARKLY

Michael McCormick's dark fantasy story "A Glass Darkly" appeared in The Arcanist magazine.

Nov

2019

MOCCASIN AWARD

Michael McCormick's poem "Willow" was third-place winner of the 35th annual Moccasin Award, presented by the League of Minnesota Poets. As a bonus, Mike's whimsical new poem "Pulled Over by a Poem" is included in the latest issue of Moccasin Journal.

Oct

2019

HEAR MIKE READ

Hear Michael McCormick read aloud his poem "Marigje" on the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Halloween page!

Sep

2019

TALKING STICK

The 28th annual Talking Stick journal came out at a book release party on 9/21. It includes Michael McCormick's poem "Casino" inspired by a local Indian establishment.

Sep

2019

ANTHOLOGY TWO-FER

The new Poetry Nook Anthology includes not one but two of Michael McCormick's poems: "Marigje" and "Willow". On sale now in paperback and e-book.

July

2019

AFTERLIVES OF WRITERS

A new anthology Afterlives of the Writers includes Michael McCormick's short story "A Dubliner's Return". Find out what happened to James Joyce in the afterlife, along with Jack Kerouac, C.S. Lewis, Kurt Vonnegut, Emily Bronte, & others!

June

2019

LET IT SNOW

Michael McCormick's hopeful "cli-fi" tale "Snow 2562" appears in issue #2 of DreamForge magazine.

Mar

2019

STILL POWERFUL 20 YEARS LATER

A story Michael McCormick published twenty years ago in Japan is now available in USA as a free reprint! "Book of Changes" brought a perspective to 1945 Hiroshima that still moves readers today.

Feb

2019

FAIRY TALE

Michael McCormick's magical fairy tale "The Twelfth Pilgrim" appears in volume 25 of Three Drops from a Cauldron magazine.

Nov

2018

BOGO DEAL

Buy the latest issue of Moccasin journal and you'll get Michael McCormick's new poem "Cathedral Rock" plus a reprint "Hummer Sunset" as an added bonus.

Sep

2018

BOOK PARTY

A book release party was held in Osage MN for Talking Stick volume 27 which includes Michael McCormick's new poem "Ex-Poem".

Sep

2018

MAGICAL CRIME SCENE

Michael McCormick's spooky short story "Our God is a Jealous God" appears in the Magical Crime Scene Investigation anthology.

Aug

2018

CURIOUS FICTIONS

Michael McCormick joined Curious Fictions, a place where you can subscribe to authors, support their work, read stories and get news. Visit Mike's author page to check it out and subscribe.

June

2018

ECO POEM

Michael McCormick's poem "Hummer Sunset" appeared in Plum Tree Tavern, an "eco-poetry" journal that celebrates nature, environment, and ecology.

May

2018

CODEX

Michael McCormick was invited to join the Codex Writers Group for published science fiction & fantasy authors. Mike was already a member of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).

April

2018

WINNING POEM

Michael McCormick's poem "Marigje", previously published on Halloween 2016, won first place prize in the 176th Poetry Nook contest.

Dec

2017

TWO-FER

Two poems by Michael McCormick,"Mother Superior" and "Demonic Text", appeared in this year's annual poetry collection in The Moccasin journal.

Sept

2017

POETRY PRIZE

Michael McCormick's previously published poem "Willow" received Honorable Mention in the Poetry Nook 146th contest.

June

2017

A GLOBAL WARMING TALE

Days after the announcement the US is  pulling from the Paris climate accord, Michael McCormick's flash fiction "Key South" appeared in Cease, Cows.

Feb

2017

A "HARD POEM"

Michael McCormick decided to share a poem written in grief and anger after the 2014 death of a close friend. "Green Lake" appears in the new issue of The Roaring Muse.

Feb

2017

RAY BRADBURY AWARD

Michael McCormick's nomination for the Science Fiction Writers of America Ray Bradbury award for best sci-fi film or TV show -- Westworld's "Bicameral Mind" episode  -- made it onto the Nebula ballot.

Feb

2017

INSTAPOEM

Her Heart Poetry reprinted Michael McCormick's award-winning poem "Wounded Sky" in graphic form on Instagram.

Oct 31 2016

HALLOWEEN POEM

Michael McCormick's poem Marigje about a 1591 witch burning, appeared in Fickle Muses on Halloween.

Sep 17 2016

BOOK RELEASE PARTY

Jackpine Writers Bloc hosted a Book Release Party for Talking Stick Volume 25, which includes Michael McCormick's short story "Cass at 83". Now available from Amazon and other booksellers!

Aug

2016

BOWIE ANTHOLOGY

An anthology of David Bowie inspired stories and poetry, including Michael McCormick's poem "Ghost Star", is now available on Amazon and elsewhere. Proceeds go to cancer care and research.

July

2016

DAILY SF

Michael McCormick's short story "Boy in the Giant Robot" was the featured story in Daily Science Fiction.

June

2016

INAUGURAL HAIGA

Electric Haiga launched with Michael McCormick's award-winning poem "Wounded Sky" as its first haiga.  Haiga are like haiku paired with images.

Nov

2015

REVIEW

Black Gate Magazine reviewed the Fall/Winter issue of Whistling Shade, including Michael McCormick's poem Monkey No Monkey.

Oct 29 2015

HALLOWEEN READING

Michael McCormick read selected poems at Eat My Words bookstore in Minneapolis before an enthusiastic crowd at a "Spooky Basement Party".

March 2011

POETRY PRIZE

Michael McCormick's poem "Wounded Sky" selected in the 6th Annual Writer's Digest Poetry Awards.

July

2020

A POETIC TRILOGY

A trilogy of three Michael McCormick poems appear in the Summer issue of Poetica Review: Revolution 9, Farm Girl, and Depression.

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