Michael N. McGregor is an author, journalist, editor, teacher and writing consultant based in Portland, OR. A professor of English and Creative Writing at Portland State University, he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University in New York and a BA in Journalism from the University of Oregon.
McGregor’s essays, articles, short stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in a wide variety of publications, including The Seattle Review, StoryQuarterly, Poetry, Notre Dame Magazine, The Crab Orchard Review, The South Dakota Review, Image, Weber: The Contemporary West, Poets & Writers, The Writers’ Chronicle, American Theatre, The Mid-American Poetry Review, Portland Magazine, The Merton Seasonal and The Merton Annual. He has also contributed chapters to The Dictionary of Literary Biography, Now Write! Nonfiction: Memoir, Journalism and Creative Nonfiction Exercises from Today’s Best Writers and Teachers, and Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler. His first book, Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax, was published in September 2015 by Fordham University Press.
McGregor’s writing awards include the Oregon Literary Arts Leslie Bradshaw Fellowship, the Daniel Curley Award for Short Fiction, an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, a Walden Residency Fellowship, an Image Artist of the Month selection, and a “notable essay” designation in Best American Essays 2013. He has also been a Resident Scholar at the Collegeville Institute at St. John’s University in Minnesota and received the John Eliot Allen Award as the PSU English Department’s Outstanding Teacher four times.
In addition to interviews on national and local radio programs, McGregor has spoken on aspects of writing, peace and justice, and other subjects at many conferences, including the International Thomas Merton Society Conference, the Building Cultures of Peace conference, the Northwest Independent Scholars Association Conference, the Ooligan Press Write to Publish Conference, and Wordstock, Portland’s annual book festival.
As a journalist, McGregor has covered theater and other arts for Portland’s Oregonian and The Seattle Weekly, reviewed dozens of books, published hundreds of freelance articles, and worked as the Asia reporter for a relief and development magazine. He has also served as editor-in-chief for three magazines, including Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and was the first nonfiction editor for the Oregon Literary Review.
McGregor moonlights as a summer writing coach at the Collegeville Institute at St. John’s University in Minnesota and as a writing consultant for independent writers. His work with writers has resulted in several published books, numerous local and national articles, and a number of prize-winning essays.
Before turning his full attention to writing and teaching, McGregor worked as a lecturer/guide for European tours and a U.S. Forest Service firefighter. A past member of Portland theater’s Drammy Awards Committee and the Advisory Committee for the Oregon Book Awards and Fellowships., he is a member of PEN, Biographers International Organization and the International Thomas Merton Society.
Please contact me if you have thoughts about my writing, questions about my book, or queries about possible appearances or future events.