Dr. Michael Gills

Utah, United States

Member Since: 10/30/2015

Michael Gills is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the novel New Harmony and the forthcoming Before All Who Have Ever Seen This Disappear (Madville Publishing).  His short story collection Burning Down My Father's House will be released from Texas Review Press in Fall 2023.  His work has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Prize for Fiction and won the Utah Book Prize, 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.


  • Before All Who Have Ever Seen This Disappear: a novel , Madville Publishing (March 2023)
  • New Harmony: Book 4 of the Go Love Quartet , Raw Dog Screaming Press (November 2022)
  • West: A Novel. Book 3 of the Go Love Quartet , Raw Dog Screaming Press (March 27, 2019)
  • Emergency Instructions. Book 1 of the Go Love Quartet , 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. Book 2 of the Go Love Quartet , Raw Dog Screaming Press (November 29, 2011)
  • Why I Lie: Stories , University of Nevada Press (September 22, 2002)
  • Finisterre: Book 2 of White Indians , Raw Dog Screaming Press (June 2021)
  • Burning Down My Father's House , Texas Review Press (September 2023)


  • 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 2023)


  • 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