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Michael Davis

Journalist, fiction writer, teacher.

London, Los Angeles, & New York City

Michael Davis

My writing has appeared in over 32 magazines and websites. I write fiction, narrative and journalistic nonfiction, work as a freelance content writer and copyeditor, and teach composition and fiction writing.

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My Friend Has Gone Nazi

After the recent van attack outside the Finsbury Park mosque in London, I overheard someone ask if it’s ever going to end. The violence and tragedy. The terrorism. The disasters filling newspaper front pages. And I wanted to say, no, it won’t ever end. This is our world. These are the times in which we live.
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Fatal Vision: the Precipitous Exile of James Comey

It’s an old story. The new king, having attained the crown by first secretly betraying it in some fundamental way, is chagrined and afraid. His subjects do not love him. Ghosts follow him everywhere. He rants incoherently through the night and rarely sleeps, obsessed by the thought that certain powerful lords know his secrets and are plotting against him.
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Money Is Thicker Than Blood

New DOJ policies on illegal immigrants will benefit the private prison industry. After his ill-considered speech to Customs and Border Protection agents in Nogales, Arizona, Attorney General Jeff Sessions looks as dirty as they come. And in this era of scorched-earth partisan politics, artless graft, and self-serving chicanery, that’s saying something.
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The End of the Hustle

The first thing you have to understand about drowning is that it doesn’t look like drowning. Mario Vittone, a retired U.S. Coast Guard accident investigator, writes that the “Instinctive Drowning Response” is actually rather muted and undramatic: “Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event.
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The Crying of Lot 45

Let’s entertain, just for a moment, the possibility that our current political situation is a hoax, that we didn’t elect Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, and that the country has no actual chief executive. The Trump we see in the media is nothing more than a bewildered-looking parade balloon.
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Planespotting and the Persistence of Facts

Sitting in a Chicago cafe in 2013, I had one of the strangest conversations of my life. The place was empty and I’d taken the big table by the window so I could stare at North Michigan Ave. in the rain when I wasn’t typing on my laptop. Normally, I prefer to work in a library or even the park, but it was coming down hard and I was on a deadline, fourth cup of coffee, the table covered in documents, my ancient laptop wheezing.
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Sater, Cohen, and the Collapsing House of Cards

There are three immutable laws in DC politics: things can always get worse; when things are in the process of getting worse, they do not get better overnight; and the truth will always come out. It might not come out right away. We might have to wait a few months or years or until the interested parties have all died in freak middle-of-the-day muggings or plea-bargained themselves into alternate dimensions.
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Speak of the Devil

Watching Donald Trump’s Thursday’s press conference made me feel like I’d finally acquired the ultimate director’s cut of Dune. I now have definitive proof that Baron Harkonnen didn’t get devoured by a gargantuan sandworm at the end of David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation. I always suspected that the Baron survived, but it took me 33 years to figure out what happened.
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Bora Bora

I’m watching my father from the mezzanine of the Chicago Hilton. He’s sitting in the lobby with a prostitute and they’re both drunk. She looks like she’s providing a GFE, a “girlfriend experience”—what passes for one in her price range. Laughing, poached beet red from booze and sun, she sits on his lap, slips off, lands on the floor, hauls herself up, tries again.
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A Good Day to Die

Some things transcend being unemployed or unappreciated. Some are more important than hurt feelings, Rust Belt promises or urban blight six weeks before Christmas. Some matter simply because, without them, nothing else is possible. We call these things survival, safety, freedom, security, community, and consciousness.
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When the World’s Turned Upside Down

In the wake of Trump’s victory, we must keep asking, “What now?”. I haven’t been able to write for the past two weeks. For the last few days, I’ve slept, on average, less than four hours. I’ve been on social media reposting news stories. I’ve had financial discussions, reconsidering my previous five-year plan, researching the potential implications Donald Trump’s administration will have on my professional life.
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The Problem of Evil in Hauberk, Missouri on JSTOR

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About

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 32 magazines and websites. Samples of my work can be found here and on my website at https://writingexpedition.com/.

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, and Splice Today. My collection of stories, Gravity, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2009.

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).

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https://writingexpedition.com/

Skills

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