In his debut collection, Any Other Place, Michael Croley takes us from the Appalachian regions of rural Kentucky and Ohio to a village in South Korea in thirteen engaging stories in which characters find themselves, wherever they are, in states of displacement. In conversation with Denison University writing colleague Margot Singer (Underground Fugue), Croley will read from and discuss this remarkable and unique collection that expands the scope of modern American literature.
In these settings, Croley guides his characters to some semblance of home, where they circle each other's pain, struggle to find belonging, and make some sense of the mistakes and bad breaks that have brought them there. He uses his absorbing prose and relentless intent to uncover his characters’ hidden disquiet whether writing about a dutiful daughter struggling to help her father navigate their shared grief or about a new father driven by his pride confronting Japanese soldiers in a harrowing raid on his home.
Michael Croley was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature in 2016, his stories and essays have appeared in Narrative, Catapult, Blackbird, Kenyon Review Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, the Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing at Denison University.
Margot Singer’s most recent novel, Underground Fugue, won the Edward Lewis Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction. Her collection of short stories, The Pale of Settlement won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, among other honors. Her short fiction and nonfiction have been widely published and she is a Professor of English at Denison University in Granville, Ohio.