Michael Farrell Smith
Michael Farrell Smith may very well be the future of American memoir.
Novelist Teju Cole has called his writing, “superb,” elegant,” and “haunting.” His fans include Oliver Sachs, Tony Hoagland, and the creators of Welcome to Night Vale.
This may be because Mike, often formally called Mike Smith of Albuquerque, now thirty-six, has been writing for most of his life. He is the author of a popular regional history book, Towns of the Sandia Mountains, and of countless articles for every other magazine and newspaper in New Mexico. He is a regular contributor to Albuquerque’s most-prominent alt.weekly, the Alibi, and his literary essays have appeared recently in Wildness, Tin House, Booth, Eunoia Review, The Florida Review, The Baltimore Review, and elsewhere.
Michael F. Smith has accrued remarkable praise for his writing in the last year. The editors of Booth nominated him for a 2017 Pushcart Prize for his essay “Origins.” His essay “Place Names of 501 Filomena,” was listed as a Notable Essay in 2015’s Great American Essays. He recently won the 2015/16 Editor’s Choice Award from The New Delta Review for his essay “101 Jokes for Epileptic Children.” And the Times Literary Suppliment (UK) called his essay “Place Names of 501 Filomena” a “thoughtful, slow burn of a family portrait.”
Michael Farrell Smith has been a historian, screenwriter, zinester, critic, and stand-up comedian, but he is now, more than anything, a memoirist. He has a Master’s degree in creative nonfiction from the University of New Mexico. Shadows of Clouds on the Mountains will be his first book-length memoir.