Dr. Michael Gills

Utah, United States

Member Since: 10/30/2015

Michael Gills is the author of eight books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel West and the forthcoming memoir, Finisterre (Raw Dog Screaming Press).  His short story collection The House Across From The Deaf School (Texas Review Press, 2016) was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Prize for Fiction and won the 15 Bytes Utah Book Prize.   Other work has won the Southern Humanities Review's Theodore Hoefner Prize for Fiction, the Southern Review's Best Debut of the Year, recognition in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, inclusion in New Stories From the South:  The Year's Best, and numerous Utah Arts Book Prizes.  His undergraduate Novel Writing workshop has been featured in USA Today, and several of his students have gone on to publish novels of their own.  Gills teaches for the Honors College at the University of Utah, where he lives in the foothills with his wife, Jill.


  • West: A Novel , Raw Dog Screaming Press (March 27, 2019)
  • Emergency Instructions , Raw Dog Screaming Press (June 21, 2017)
  • The House Across From The Deaf School: Stories , Texas Review Press (October 31, 2016)
  • White Indians: A Visionary Memoir , Raw Dog Screaming Press (October 24, 2014)
  • The Death of Bonnie and Clyde and other Stories , Texas Review Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Go Love: A Novel , Raw Dog Screaming Press (November 29, 2011)
  • Why I Lie: Stories , University of Nevada Press (September 22, 2002)


  • PEN/Faulkner Award Nominee for Fiction(2017)
  • Utah Book Award for Fiction/15 Bytes(2017)
  • Utah Arts Book Prize for Non Fiction/White Indians(2012)
  • Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award/Southern Humanities Review(2010)


  • Professor/Lecturer at University of Utah (August 2001 - April 2019)


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from University of Arkansas (May 1987)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from University of North Carolina at Greensboro (May 1989)
  • Doctoral Degree in English/Fiction from University of Utah (September 1997)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry