A first generation college student, Michael Gills earned the B.A. from the University of Arkansas. He was Randall Jarrell Fellow at the MFA Program at University of North Carolina Greensboro, and received the Ph.D. in fiction writing from the University of Utah. His first collection of short fiction, Why I Lie, was published by U. of Nevada Press/2002. It won a Utah Book Prize and was chosen as a top literary debut by The Southern Review. A novel, Go Love, came out in Fall 2011 from Raw Dog Screaming Press (see reviews link for full review).
A second story collection, The Death of Bonnie and Clyde, was published by Texas Review Press in February 2012, the title story of which won Southern Humanities Review’s Hoepfner Prize for the best story published there in 2010. Part one of White Indians, a "visionary memoir" was published in fall 2013 by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Part two is forthcoming. A third collection of short fiction, The House Across From The Deaf School, will be published by Texas Review Press in October 2016, and a second novel, Emergency Instructions will be out in 2017 by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Voted by his students as the Distinguished Honors Professor for 2012, Gills teaches all levels of Honors writing, including Travel Writing, and Novel Writing Workshop.
Archive. Michael Gills Papers, Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA.