|Place of Birth||Pleiades|
BioMichael Hemmingson wrote things, from novels to literary criticism, memoir to fake biographies, screenplays to poetry, stage plays to haiku for postcards, journalism to political rants for the New World Order. He preferred footnotes rather than endnotes.
He has worked as a pizza maker, process server, corporate office drone, porn cameraman, crime reporter, and a father to Rominna Michelle Hemmingson.
The short biography above was supplied to us by Michael before his death. We have chosen to leave it unaltered. Pleiades, which he listed as his birthplace, is a star cluster relatively close to the Earth; he reportedly died of a heart attack in Tijuana, Mexico, on 9 January 2014 at the age of 47.
Michael was a writer, and a prolific one. He wrote nonfiction as well as all forms of fiction in many genres; he was the recipient of awards and grants for his writing and was widely published. For part of his career Michael reported and wrote for the San Diego Reader; see their obituary, with links to his work for the publication: Michael Hemmingson.
Michael Hemmingson, rest in peace.
Contributions to SomethingDark
Michael Hemmingson interview
2011 “Pictures of Houses with Water Damage”. : Black Lawrence Press.
Collection of 21 literary stories, previously published in such journals like Gargoyle, New York Tyrant, Fiction International, Masquerade Journal, etc.
2011 “Hard Cold Whisper”. : Black Mask.
Crime noir set in San Diego and Tijuana.
2010 “Ourselves or Nothing”. : The Olympia Press.
2001 “Wild Turkey”. : Forge Books.
Suburban crime noir set in San Diego and Las Vegas.
1994 “The Naughty Yard”. San Francisco, USA: Permeable Press.
First published book, a 25,000-word novella, later reprinted in The Mammoth Book of International Erotica, edited by Maxim Jakubowski.
Grants & Awards
2009 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award, Carl Couch Center for Internet Research.
Essay, "Auto/ethnographic Fragments of my Grandmothers," awarded the Norman K. Denzin Award.
2008 Helm Fellowship, Lily Library, Indiana Univ.
Two grants, in March and November, to research at the Lily Library: the Gordon Lish archives and the William T. Vollmann art books. Resulting publications: several essays on Carver for CRITIQUE and THE EXPLICATOR; a bibliography of Carver's small press and limited editions for Research in Literary Studies; William T. Vollmann: A Critical Study (McFarland); William T. Vollmann: A Critucal Bibliography; and the forthcoming study of Gordon Lish for Routledge and a socio-biography of Carver for McFarland.
2002 SDBAA Best Published Novel, San Diego Book Awards.
2002 Best Published Novel Award for WILD TURKEY, published by Tor/Forge.
2000 SDBAA Novel-in-Progress Grant, San Diego Book Awards.
Winner of very first San Diego Book Awards Novel-in-Progress grant for a manuscript entitled THE ROSE OF HEAVEN, published in 2004 by Prime Books.