Michael was raised in the mountains of coastal Northern California, and he longs for them always. He was brought up fishing, farming, and roving the rural landscape. Currently, he's a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in clinical social work. He splits his time between New York City and Western Massachusetts.
Most of Michael's writing experience has taken place in an academic or professional setting. For his undergraduate degree, he completed a thesis examining the historical and contemporary use of Buddhist koan practice in medieval China and American psychoanalysis. As an educational consultant, he has written grants, lessons, and project proposals. While consulting on an educational NGO in central China he produced short pieces of travel writing and coordinated by email a small network of educators and funders. Privately, he writes fiction and non-fiction. He sheepishly admits to dreams of making these works public, but has yet to do so.
Michael is an excellent candidate if you are looking for academic, popular, or technical writing about religion or spirituality (especially Eastern religions), travel, food, education, history, agriculture, mental health, and social justice.