Michael Davis

Journalist, fiction writer, teacher.

London and Paris

Michael Davis

My writing has appeared in over 34 magazines and websites. I write fiction, narrative and journalistic nonfiction, work as a freelance content writer and copy editor, and teach composition and fiction writing.




If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed, follow us on Twitter, and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Thanks for visiting! I witnessed Charles Allan Speakman in a blue jumpsuit, standing on a tower of metal shipping containers, arms open wide, illuminated from above by a 400-watt ceiling flood like some junkie messiah.
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Attacked on the Street

Dai Hong’s shitbox Accord got stolen while we were in a diner. It was November in Missoula and snowing hard that day. We stood in the lot and looked at the space where he’d parked, a depression in the snow like we’d arrived late to a funeral and now the grave was all filled in. The Accord was worth about $100, but Dai’s uncle had given it to him back in Fresno and it had sentimental value.
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You Are Somewhere Else

Michael Davis’ short fiction has appeared in over 33 magazines and journals and he has published two collections of stories, Gravity and Cruel Stars. He has an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Montana and a PhD in English from Western Michigan University. He lives in the United Kingdom where he works as an academic editor and freelance journalist.
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More Than Just a Familiar Formula

Mute, not Altered Carbon, is the Netflix original everyone should be watching. Netflix’s Mute is, above all else, a horror film. On the surface, it’s a science fiction drama set in Berlin about 40 years in the future. It features a bartender named Leo who goes on a quest to find out what happened to his girlfriend even though he can’t speak, is a gentle soul, and catches a beating in every other scene.
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STEM, Scientism, and the Decline of the Humanities

I’m among that dwindling minority that thinks the humanities and MFA creative writing programs are valuable. The development of critical thinking skills will not be possible without exposure to conclusions—even those regarding climate change—derived from scientific inquiry.”. This gives voice to a very real concern that the politics dominating Washington are leading us toward tragedy.
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The NRA Isn’t the Problem

As a former high school English teacher, I read about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an assault rifle, and was reminded of a number of troubled kids I’d seen come and go over the years. Any of them could have done what Cruz did and a few of them came close.
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Altered Carbon’s Love Affair With Central Casting

Netflix’s Altered Carbon might have a bright future in sci-fi binge streaming, not because it’s great but because most of the other TV shows and films in its genre are lousy. Try to imagine your favorite Blade Runner knockoffs of the past 32 years. Nemesis might come to mind, The Fifth Element, Gattaca, Strange Days, Johnny Mnemonic, The Matrix, District 9, Chappie, Automata, Elysium, even the Twilight Zone-ish Black Mirror.
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Cui Bono: The Latest Conspiracy Theory in the Ongoing Disintegration of the GOP

The first thing in my RSS news feed this morning was an article by Olivia Beavers in The Hill headlined, “GOP lawmakers raise concerns over ‘secret society’ in FBI agents’ texts.”. The piece didn’t reveal or clarify much beyond noting that Trey Gowdy has expressed concern about FBI agents, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, “who privately exchanged text messages disparaging president Trump” and referencing a “‘secret society’ shortly after the republican candidate won the election.”.
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You Can Do Magic, Honey

When the original film, Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope, came out in 1977, it was a radical departure from idea-driven 1970s science fiction movies. Star Wars had more in common with Richard Donner’s Superman, which came out a year later in 1978. Donner’s Clark Kent, played by Christopher Reeve, was a nostalgic callback to traditional cultural ideas of what it was to be a stand-up guy: you held down a job, were uncomplicated, friendly, and decent, worked hard, and believed in The American Way.
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As the Leopard, So the Coliseum

There have been so many mass shootings in recent memory that I’d be at pains to identify a particular incident more tragic than the others. Tragedy is not scalable. Yet I can’t remember a time when someone in the media or in academia wasn’t screaming that the empire, if not the sky, is falling. Maybe one of the inherent properties of empire is that it continually appears to be coming apart.
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Hurricane Dreams

I walk outside my in-laws’ house in small-town Oregon and look at heat wobbles on the street, the perfect blue tent of the sky, a morose ex-Marine with a crewcut staring into his lawnmower, the brown clover field stretching to the trees, and I know this is paradise. I’ve lived all over the world, seen a lot of good and bad, and I can tell you: this is it.
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Michael Davis: The Catherine Wheel

I first noticed the wolf in East Africa. Heard of brothers fighting and killing each other outside Makamba, daughters poisoning fathers in Goma, laughing while their houses burned, and everywhere the ritual of suffering enacted with a kind of desperate abandon. So I knew it had come around to this once again: an axe age, a sword age, a wind age, a wolf age.
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Michael Davis

I've been a professional writer since 1998. I was lead writer for the Los Angeles Diversity Project; a freelance writer / editor privately and through the Gotham Writers Workshop; and my writing has appeared in over 34 magazines and websites. Samples of my work can be found here and on my website at

My writing has appeared in Descant, The San Joaquin Review, The Jabberwock Review, The Black Mountain Review, Eclipse, Cottonwood, The Mid-American Review, Full Circle, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Georgia Review, Storyglossia, The Chicago Quarterly Review, Willow Springs, The Normal School, Arcana, The Superstition Review, The New Ohio Review, The Painted Bride Quarterly, The Atticus Review, Isthmus, the Earlyworks Press Short Story Anthology, Redline, Forge, The Writing Disorder, Small Print Magazine, the Ginosko Literary Journal, The Blather, Pain Talks, ReVue, Literati Magazine, Student Voices, Human Parts, Ink & Coda, Visitant, and Splice Today. My first book of stories, Gravity, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2009. My second collection, Cruel Stars, came out in 2017.

I have a BA in English from the University of California, Irvine, an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Montana, an MIS in Information Technology Management from University of Phoenix, and a PhD in English from Western Michigan University. I hold an Expert TESOL teaching certification from the American TESOL Institute and an ABA Paralegal Certification from the University of California, San Diego.

I’ve taught English at Stamford International University (Bangkok, Thailand), The Gotham Writers Workshop (online), Tallinn University (Tallinn, Estonia), Butte College (Oroville, CA), Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), San Joaquin Memorial High School (Fresno, CA), University of Missouri (Columbia, MO), University of Montana (Missoula, MT), California State University Fresno (Fresno, CA), and Fresno City College (Fresno, CA).

I have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Hayden’s Ferry Review (2003), The Mid-American Review (2004), Storyglossia (2007), Isthmus (2014), and Forge (2015). My awards include the Editor’s Choice Award in the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Contest (2004) and the George Garrett Fiction Award (2008). My story, “The Man in Africa,” was voted one of the Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2007.

My fiction has been reviewed in Five Star Literary Stories (2008), The Southeast Review (2009), and Third Coast (2010).



  • Investigative Journalism
  • Corporate and Legal Research
  • Legal and Business Writing
  • Copyediting
  • Corporate Ghostwriting
  • Story Doctoring
  • Writing Instruction
  • Online Content Writing
  • Explanatory Journalism
  • Narrative Non-fiction