Michael A. Martone

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Michael A. Martone (born 1955, 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]


  • (1977) At a Loss (fiction)
  • (1984) Alive and Dead in Indiana (fiction)
  • (1985) Return to Powers (nonfiction)
  • (1988) Safety Patrol (fiction)
  • (1988) A Place of Sense: Pieces of the Midwest (editor of nonfiction anthology)
  • (1990) Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler’s List (fiction)
  • (1992) Townships: Pieces of the Midwest (editor of nonfiction anthology)
  • (1992) Fort Wayne Is Seventh on Hitler’s List [Revised and Expanded] (fiction)
  • (1994) Pensées: The Thoughts of Dan Quayle (fiction)
  • (1995) Seeing Eye (fiction)
  • (1999) The Flatness and Other Landscapes (nonfiction)
  • (1999) The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: Fifty North American American Stories Since 1970 (editor with Lex Williford of fiction anthology)
  • (2001) The Blue Guide to Indiana (ISBN 1-57366-095-7) (fiction)
  • (2002) 101 Damnations (ISBN 0-312-28480-2) (contributor)
  • (2003) Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists (editor with Robin Hemley of fiction anthology)
  • (2005) Michael Martone (fiction)
  • (2005) Unconventions: Attempting the Art of Craft and the Craft of Art (nonfiction)
  • (2006) Night Terrors: An Introduction to Zombigaze (meta-biography)
  • (2006) Rules of Thumb: 73 Authors Reveal Their Fiction Writing Fixations (editor of anthology)
  • (2007) Double-Wide: Collected Fiction of Michael Martone (fiction)
  • (2007) Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction (editor with Lex Williford)
  • (2008) Racing in Place: Collages, Fragments, Postcards, Ruins (nonfiction)
  • (2009) Not Normal, Illinois: Peculiar Fictions from the Flyover (editor of fiction anthology)
  • (2011) Four for a Quarter: Fictions (fiction)
  • (2013) Five for Ten Cents: A Less Expensive, Dimestore Edition of Four for a Quarter (fiction, rumored)
  • (2013) Fifty for a Nickel: Ruminating Poems on 'Four for a Quarter' and a Couple on Rumi (poems, rumored)


Martone won the 1998 Associated Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction for his book Flatness and Other Landscapes published by University of Georgia Press.[3]


  1. ^ a b "[1]", Superstition Review, Fall, 2009
  2. ^ "[2]", University of Alabama English Department
  3. ^ Williford, Lex (1999). The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction. New York: Scribner Paperpack Fiction. pp. Back Cover. ISBN 0-684-85796-0. 

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