Michael Nye is the author of three works of fiction: the novel ALL THE CASTLES BURNED (Turner Publishing, 2018), and two story collections,  STRATEGIES AGAINST EXTINCTION (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2012) and UNTIL WE HAVE FACES (Turner Publishing, 2020).

Nye was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University, where he graduated with a BA in English Literature, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he earned his MFA in creative writing.

His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in literary magazines such as Kenyon Review, Epoch, Northwest Review, American Literary Review, Boulevard, Cincinnati Review, Crab Orchard ReviewNew South, Normal SchoolSou’wester, and South Dakota Review, among many others. His writing has been a finalist for the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in fiction and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In 2022, he received an Individual Artistic Excellence award from the Ohio Arts Council.

This academic year, he is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College. He lives with his wife in Columbus, Ohio and is the editor of Story.

Fiction (Selected)

Essays (Selected)

  • “My Father’s Crimes Exist In Everything I Write” (Literary Hub)
  • “For The Love of the Cliche; Or, Why I Dislike Sports Movies” (LitBridge)
  • “Five Easy Ways to Publicize and Promote Your Book” (Writer’s Digest)

Articles (Selected)

  • “Meet Doris Burke, the World’s Best Basketball Broadcaster” (AARP)
  • “Guinness Certifies World’s Oldest Man” (AARP)
  • “Welcome Back to Jurassic Park” (AARP)


  • River Styx at the Tavern. My reading in St. Louis with my old pals at River Styx is online. The whole thing is pretty fantastic, and Alison Pelegrin’s poetry is wonderful, but if you’re impatient, hop to the twenty-eight-minute mark to watch the whole thing. I read my story “Beauty in the Age of Chaos and Savagery” (Kenyon Review)
  • Oh, and KR fiction editor Caitlin Horrocks explains why she selected my story for publication.
Other Good Stuff

Author photo by Erica Ott