Michael Croley was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Corbin, Kentucky. He is a graduate of the creative writing programs at Florida State and the University of Memphis and his work has won awards from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Key West Literary Seminars and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Croley's stories have regularly appeared in Narrative, where he was named to their list of "Best New Writers" in 2011. His other fiction and criticism has been published in The Paris Review Daily, Blackbird, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Fourth Genre, and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. He lives in Granville, Ohio and teaches creative writing at Denison University.