A first generation college student, Michael Gills earned his B.A. from the University of Arkansas. He was a Randall Jarrell Fellow at the M.F.A. Program at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and received his Ph.D. in Fiction Writing from the University of Utah. His first collection of short fiction, Why I Lie, was published by University of Nevada Press in 2002. It won a Utah Book Prize and was chosen as a top literary debut by The Southern Review. Raw Dog Screaming Press released his novel, Go Love, in 2011. A second story collection, The Death of Bonnie and Clyde, was published by Texas Review Press in 2012; the title story won Southern Humanities Review’s Hoepfner Prize for the best story published in 2010. Currently, Gills is Associate Professor/Lecturer of Writing for the Honors College at the University of Utah.