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Michael Knight

Michael Knight



Michael Knight is the author of two novels (Divining Rod and The Typist), two collections of short stories (Dogfight and Other Stories and Goodnight, Nobody) and a collection of novellas (The Holiday Season). His most recent novel, The Typist, was selected as a Best Book of the Year by The Huffington Post and The Kansas City Star, among other places, and appeared on Oprah’s Summer Reading List in 2011. His short stories have appeared in magazines and journals like The New Yorker, Oxford American, Paris Review and The Southern Review and have been anthologized in Best American Mystery Stories, 2004 and New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2009


MFA, University of Virginia
MA, University of Southern Mississippi
BA, Hampden-Sydney College



  • The Typist (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010)
  • The Holiday Season (Grove, 2007)
  • Goodnight, Nobody (Atlantic Monthly, 2003)
  • Divining Rod (Dutton, 1998)
  • Dogfight & Other Stories (Plume, 1998).

Fiction in Periodicals

  • “Water and Oil” The Southern Review (vol. 49:4 Autumn 2013)
  • “Jubilee,” Ploughshares,  (vol 39:2, Fall 2013)
  • “Bonny Oaks,” The Saturday Evening Post, July, 2012
  • The Atom Bowl,” Narrative, Fall 2010
  • The Nocturnal Habits of American White People,” Shenandoah (vol.77, no.2 summer 2010)
  • “Grand Old Party,” Oxford American, April 2008
  • “Thanksgiving,” Southern Review (vol.41, n.4, autumn 2005)
  • “Midnight at the Admiral Semmes,”  Five Points (vol. 8, no. 1, winter 2003)
  • “Smash & Grab,” StoryQuarterly (no. 39, 2003)
  • “Feeling Lucky,” Virginia Quarterly Review (vol. 79, no. 1, winter 2003)
  • “Ellen’s Book,” Five Points (vol 6, no.1, winter 2001)
  • “Keeper of Secrets, Teller of Lies,” Virginia Quarterly Review, (vol. 77, no.4, autumn 2001)
  • “The End of Everything,” GQ (December, 1999)
  • “The Mesmerist,” Esquire (March, 1999)
  • “The Last War Story,” Mid-American Review (vol.19, no.2, spring 1999)
  • “Birdland,” The New Yorker (November 3, 1998)
  • “Killing Stonewall Jackson,” Story (vol. 46, no. 3 summer, 1998)
  • “Tenant,” Paris Review (no. 147, summer 1998)
  • “Amelia Earhart’s Coat,” Virginia Quarterly Review, (vol. 73,  no. 1, winter, 1997)
  • “Now You See Her,” Paris Review (no. 141, winter 1996)
  • “Gerald’s Monkey” Playboy (October, 1996)
  • “Sleeping with My Dog,” The Crescent Review (vol. 14, no. 3, 1996)
  • “Sundays,” Shenandoah, (vol. 46, no. 4, winter 1996).

Fiction in Anthologies

  • “Grand Old Party,” New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best (Algonquin, 2008)
  • “Gerald’s Monkey,” Behind the Short Story: From First to Final Draft (Pearson/Longman, 2007)
  • “Birdland, ” Best of the South: 1996-2005, (Algonquin, 2005)
  • “Feeling Lucky,” New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best (Algonquin, 2004.)
  • “Smash & Grab,” Best American Mystery Stories (Houghton Mifflin, 2004)
  • “Ellen’s Book,”  New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best (Algonquin, 2003)
  • “Birdland,” New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best (Algonquin, 1999).

Essays and Creative Nonfiction

  • “Swimming the Backstroke or Writing What We Don’t Know,” Harvard Review (vol.33, Fall 2007)
  • “Faulkner, Rowan Oak and the Art of Deception,” First Draft, (Vol.13, no.1, Fall 2006)
  • “My Friend, Percival,” Calalloo (vol.28,n.2, spring 2005)
  • “Eyes,” Body (Avon Books, 1999).

Awards, Honors & Grants

  • College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, 2013
  • Winner, Robert Penn Warren Prize for Excellence in Fiction, 2013
  • Winner, Graduate Student Association Award for Best Professor Inside the Classroom, 2008-2009
  • John and Renee Grisham Emerging Southern Writer, 2005
  • New Writing Award, Fellowship of Southern Writers, 1999
  • PEN/Hemingway Foundation Special Citation, 1999
  • Henfield Foundation Award for Fiction, 1996
Michael Knight

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