- B.A., English, University of Arkansas
- M.F.A., English/Creative Writing/Fiction, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Project: Thesis/Foolishness to the Perishing
- Ph.D., English/Creative Writing/Fiction, University of Utah. Project: Dissertation/Why I Lie: Stories
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).
Archive. Michael Gills Papers, Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA.