Michael A. Martone

Michael A. Martone (born 1955 in Fort Wayne, Indiana) is a professor at the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama, where he has been teaching since 1996. He is the author of more than a dozen books. His 2005 work, Michael Martone, is an investigation of form and autobiography. It was originally written as a series of contributor's notes for various publications. His literary forte is "false biographies."[1]


Martone attended Butler University and graduated from Indiana University. He holds a MA from the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University. He has been a faculty member of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and has taught at Iowa State University, Harvard University and Syracuse University.[2]

He lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife, the poet Theresa Pappas. The couple has two sons.[1]


  • At a Loss, 1977 (prose poems)
  • Alive and Dead in Indiana, 1984 (fiction)
  • Return to Powers, 1985 (nonfiction)
  • Safety Patrol, 1988 (fiction)
  • A Place of Sense: Pieces of the Midwest, 1988 (editor of nonfiction anthology)
  • Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler’s List, 1990 (fiction)
  • Townships: Pieces of the Midwest, 1992 (editor of nonfiction anthology)
  • Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler’s List [Revised and Expanded], 1992 (fiction)
  • Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle, 1994 (fiction)
  • Seeing Eye, 1995 (fiction)
  • The Flatness and Other Landscapes, 1999 (nonfiction)
  • The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: Fifty North American American Stories Since 1970, 1999 (editor with Lex Williford of fiction anthology)
  • Martone, Michael (August 2001). The Blue Guide to Indiana. ISBN 1-57366-095-7. OCLC 46401580.
  • 101 Damnations: The Humorists' Tour of Personal Hells. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. 2002. ISBN 0-312-28480-2. OCLC 48655651. (contributor)
  • Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists, 2003 (editor with Robin Hemley of fiction anthology)
  • Michael Martone. Normal. Illinois: Fiction Collective 2. 2005. ISBN 1-57366-126-0. OCLC 61131775.
  • Unconventions: Attempting the Art of Craft and the Craft of Art, 2005 (nonfiction)
  • Night Terrors: An Introduction to Zombigaze, 2006 (meta-biography)
  • Rules of Thumb: 73 Authors Reveal Their Fiction Writing Fixations, 2006 (editor of anthology)
  • Double-Wide: Collected Fiction of Michael Martone, 2007 (fiction)
  • Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction, 2007 (editor with Lex Williford)
  • Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins, 2008 (nonfiction)
  • Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover, 2009 (editor of fiction anthology)
  • Four for a Quarter: Fictions. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. 2011. ISBN 978-1-57366-827-9. OCLC 772845458.
  • Memoranda. Bull City Press. 2015. ISBN 978-1-4951-5762-2. OCLC 951955497.
  • Martone, Michael; Furuness, Bryan (2015). Winesburg, Indiana: A Fork River Anthology. ISBN 978-0-253-01734-5. OCLC 913869303.
  • Martone, Michael (2018). Brooding: Arias, Choruses, Lullabies, Follies, Dirges, and a Duet. ISBN 978-0-8203-5307-4. OCLC 1005849629.
  • The Moon over Wapakoneta: Fictions & Science Fictions from Indiana & Beyond. ISBN 978-1-57366-068-6. OCLC 1028610732.


  • The Associated Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction, for Flatness and Other Landscapes, University of Georgia Press (1998)[3]
  • The Indiana Author’s Award (2013)[4]
  • The Mark Twain Award by The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (2016)[5]


  1. ^ a b ""Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 2012-07-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)", Superstition Review, Fall, 2009
  2. ^ "Michael Martone". The University of Alabama English Department. Retrieved 2018-05-07.
  3. ^ Williford, Lex (1999). The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction. New York: Scribner Paperpack Fiction. pp. Back Cover. ISBN 0-684-85796-0.
  4. ^ "Two IUP authors win 2013 Indiana Authors Awards!". Indiana University Press. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  5. ^ "UA English Professor Wins 2016 Mark Twain Award for Midwestern Literature – University of Alabama News". The University of Alabama. 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2020-02-09.

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