Michael Milligan has worked as a construction laborer, migrant fruit and grape picker, homestead farmer, graphic arts production manager and a sighted guide for the visually impaired. He is a musician/composer, artist and writer. Recently someone called him “one of those creatives.” He is not sure if the term was meant to be pejorative or not. He loves Paris, Plum Island in Newburyport, his wife poet Eve Rifkah and their cat Bela. He is a survivor of childhood family physical and sexual abuse, and as a result his psychological and spiritual journey has been informed by his struggle to come to terms with a lifelong PTSD and as importantly, by the struggles of others. He hopes his telling helps others along their path. Michael received his BA in Anthropology from the University Without Walls at UMASS Amherst, took his MFA at Bennington College, cofounded Poetry Oasis Worcester and was privileged to be an editor with Diner. His poetry book reviews, fiction and poems have appeared in Agni, Diner, The New Orleans Review, The Valparaiso Review, Chaffin Journal, Blue Earth, Illuminations, Visitant, and others. He has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (January 12, 2022)