Michael Washburn has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times Book Review, The NYT Travel Section, The Washington PostThe New Republic, Louisville Public Media, NPR, The Boston Globe, Bookforum, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Observer, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poets & Writers, and The Guardian.

Michael is currently working on Southern Accents, a volume in Bloomsbury Academic’s 33 1/3 series.

In addition to his writing career, for fifteen years Michael has worked in the public humanities, curating programs designed to facilitate public discourse on politics, history, music, and literature. He is currently the director of programs at Humanities New York. Before moving to HNY, he worked at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where he served as the interim director of the Office of Public Programs and assistant director of the Center for the Humanities. Prior to joining CUNY he was the assistant director of The University of Chicago’s Cultural Policy Center, and before that he worked at the Illinois Humanities Council. He is on the faculty at NYU’s School of Professional Studies, and he has taught literature and writing at DePaul University. Michael has been a guest speaker at New York University, The University of Chicago, and The City University of New York.

Michael was educated at The University of Chicago and The University of Louisville, his hometown school. He was a 2011-2012 Nonfiction Fellow at the CUNY Writers’ Institute. He’s a member of the National Book Critics Circle and from 2010-2013 he was a research associate at The Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, CUNY.

Michael divides his time between New York City and Louisville, Kentucky. Opinions here are al his own. You can reach him at michael.a.washburn@gmail.com. He’s on Twitter as @WhaleLines.



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