Michael Mau is a writer, teacher, father, runner, actor, tinkerer, artist, craftsman, and snappy dresser.
While he has been creating visual art since he was a child, Michael has only been sharing his work for the past year and a half. Thanks to spaces like the John G. Irvin Gallery, Fusion Gallery, Circle of Light, and Damselfly, others have been able to experience artwork that for the artist is much more about process than product. Some of Michael’s artwork has been featured in The Grief Diaries, The Broke Bohemian, Stray Branch, and Cream City Review.
Michael’s short fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Portland Review, Fifth Wednesday, Mount Hope, Firewords Quarterly, Punchnel’s, Ferocious Quarterly, and other places. “An Open Letter to America From a Public School Teacher,” originally published in McSweeney’s, received national attention when it was picked up by several news outlets. His story “Little Bird” was selected by Lily Hoang as the winner of the 2014 Black Warrior Review Fiction Contest. His story “Best Launderette” was selected by guest editor Pam Houston for the Fall 2014 edition of Fifth Wednesday Journal. He is currently searching for the best agent for his novel.
On stage, Michael has performed most recently with the Woodford Theatre, the Bluegrass Opera, and Studio Players. He traveled to New York in the summer of 2017 to perform in the Midtown International Theatre Festival.
Michael received his MFA from the Bluegrass Writers Studio at EKU.
His students at Dunbar High School are currently creeping all over his website to see who this guy with way too much energy really is.