Michael K. Brantley is a North Carolina-based writer and currently works as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at North Carolina Wesleyan College. His first book, Memory Cards: Portraits from a Rural Journey, was released on June 10 by Black Rose Writing.

Michael is a freelance writer with over 25 years experience, having worked for national, regional and state publications covering music, sports, farming and business.

Michael was an award-winning professional photographer for 18 years, and a former newspaper editor.

He he has an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte, NC, an MA in English from East Carolina University, and a BS in Communications from Barton College. PPA has awarded him the Master of Photography Degree, Craftsman.

He founded and edits the literary journal, What The Fiction. His creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry has most recently been published in The First Day, The Dunes Review, Wordriver, Bartleby Snopes, Revolution House, The Smoking Poet, The Fat City Review, Short, Fast, and Deadly, The Rusty Nail, The Circa Review, The Cobalt Review and Prime Number Magazine.

Michael lives with his wife and three children in eastern North Carolina, down a rural road, on a plot that used to be part of his family’s farm.