michael mack biography

Michael Mack performing Hearing Voices Speaking in Tongues

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Michael Mack performing Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues at Mechanics Hall

about michael mack

shorter bio

Poet, playwright, and performer Michael Mack graduated from the Writing Program at MIT. His poems and stories have aired on NPR and been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, America, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and Best Catholic Writing (both 2005 & 2007). Awards include First Prize in the Writers Circle National Poetry Competition, and a Fellowship in Dramatic Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (both 2005 & 2013) – the state's most prestigious and competitive individual arts grant.

Mack has performed at the US Library of Congress, Yale University, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Austin International Poetry Festival, Off-Off-Broadway at the Times Square Arts Center, and at the FBI's 32nd Annual Hostage Negotiation Seminar. He has also performed at scores of venues for consumers and providers of mental health services, including McLean Psychiatric Hospital, the NAMI National Conference, and for faculty and students of the Harvard Medical School.

longer bio

After serving in the US Air Force as an aircraft crew chief, Michael Mack worked a variety of factory and labor jobs before returning to school and graduating from the Writing Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

His poems and stories have been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), America, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Cumberland Poetry Review, and in Best Catholic Writing (both 2005 and 2007). Feature articles about Mack's work have also appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Backstage Magazine, and on NPR.

Awards include First Prize in the Writers Circle National Poetry Competition, and an Eloranta Fellowship that funded a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for the Arts in Ireland.

Mack has twice received a Fellowship for Dramatic Writing from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the state's most prestigious and competitive individual arts grant – in 2005 for his solo play Hearing Voices, Speaking in Tongues, and 2013 for his solo play Conversations with My Molester: A Journey of Faith.

Mack has performed at the US Library of Congress, Yale University, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Columbia Festival of the Arts, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Austin International Poetry Festival, Off-Off-Broadway at the Times Square Arts Center, and at the FBI's 32nd Annual Hostage Negotiation Seminar.

He has also performed at scores of venues for consumers and providers of mental health services, including McLean Psychiatric Hospital, the national conference of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the Healing the Generations Conference produced by New Haven's Clifford Beers Clinic, and for faculty and students of the Harvard Medical School.

See artist resume for full list of performances, publications, awards, etc.

Mack lives in the Boston area, supplementing his work as a poet and performer with assignments as a freelance writer.