Like most writers, Michael has done a variety of odd jobs over the years: actor, poet, late night disc jockey, short order cook, bassist in a rock-a-billy band, and booking agent for a puppet troupe. Michael is legally blind due to retinitis pigmentosa, and started writing seriously in 2002.
Michael is an award-winning author, performer, playwright, and screenwriter. He is the author of the steampunk and weird western series Sixguns & Sorcery, and his essays and stories have appeared in Uncanny Magazine, Cast of Wonders, and Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine. His latest novel from Queen of Swords Press is Last Car to Annwn Station. He has published a dozen books and over 100 pieces of short fiction and poetry. His scripts have been produced for stage and radio, and he has appeared in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, Not-So-Silent Planet, StoryFest Minnesota, and over the air on KFAI and Minnesota Public Radio.
Michael lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Michael Merriam can be contacted at [email protected].
PRAISE FOR MICHAEL’S WORK:
“Should We Drown in Feathered Sleep is a moving novella full of deep, emotional imagery and transcendent beauty. It is easily one of the top five stories I have read all year.” – Kenneth Mark Hoover, author of Haxan
“Last Car to Annwn Station is one of the top books in 2011.” — Readings in Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Fiction.
“…Merriam has a sure touch for the voice of young protagonists.”
-The Fix Short Fiction Review
“Michael’s dry and wry sense of humor shines…” – Conrad Zero
“One of the hardest-working men in short fiction.” — Scott Lynch, World Fantasy Award-nominated author of The Lies of Locke Lamora
“Michael is one of the hardest-working, most prolific and most dedicated writers I know. His stories have both craft and heart, making it no surprise that his list of publications is ever-growing. I look forward to saying that I knew him when…” — Jaye Lawrence, author of “Kissing Frogs,” nominated for the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for Short Fiction