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A stylist who works best with the smoke and mirrors of the human psyche.

David Willis McCullough, The New York Times Book Review


Upchurch is at home with uncertainty; he finds our phantoms delectable.

Ted Conover, author of "The Routes of Man"


Michael Upchurch is the author of four novels: "Jamboree" (Knopf), "Air" (Available Press/Ballantine), "The Flame Forest" (Available Press/Ballantine) and "Passive Intruder" (Norton). His essay “Stead Made Me Do It: House of All Nations by Christina Stead” was included in "Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love," edited by Anne Fadiman and published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux.


From 1998 to 2008, he was the Seattle Times’ staff book critic. From 2008 to 2014, he was the Seattle Times’ general arts writer. He is now a freelance literary journalist.


His short fiction has been published in Southwest ReviewBellingham ReviewMoss, Foglifter, Golden Handcuffs Review, Carolina Quarterly, Christopher Street, Glimmer Train, Conjunctions and The Seattle Review.


The painting is:

John Arruda, "Button-down Cyclops" (Portrait of Michael Upchurch), oil on canvas


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