First in the Hemingway Mysteries series, IN STORES NOW!
   A son of Long Island and a father of three, I love Hemingway but also Thomas Pynchon, J.G. Ballard, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Flannery O'Connor and Ray Bradbury. I also love very good beer, shellfish of any sort, Italian opera in the summertime, and movies. I've written, and still write, film criticism, cultural attack, book reviews and essays for The BelieverThe Guardian (U.K.), In These Times, The Boston Phoenix, SPiN, Film Comment, Modern Painters, Moving Image SourceThe Stranger (Seattle),, Chicago Reader, The Forward, Maxim, The Progressive, The American Prospect, Good, The Poetry Foundation, Cinema Scope, The Village Voice, True/SlantThe Criterion Collection, Hollywood Life (née Movieline), Turner Classic Movies (, Philadelphia City Paper, The L Magazine, Details, The Age (Melbourne), Gear, City Paper (Baltimore), Interview, LA Weekly, Bright Lights Film Journal, NYPress,,, AllMovie,, and elsewhere.

I am the author of a number of other books, including:
EXILE CINEMA: Filmmakers at Work Beyond Hollywood (SUNY Press, 2008)

FLICKIPEDIA: Perfect Films for Every Occasion, Holiday, Mood, Ordeal and Whim (co-written with Laurel Shifrin) (Chicago Review Press, 2007)


GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE: Speculating on the Dark Heart of Pop Cinema (Limelight Eds., 2000) 

BLUE VELVET (British Film Institute, 1997)

I have also written a certain amount of unproduced TV, and one pilot that was in fact shot and then vanquished, despite extraordinary notoriety:

My first novel, HEMINGWAY DEADLIGHTS is the first of a projected series, gallivanting around in the most famous literary biography of the 20th century with negligible respect for history but a veins-in-the-teeth yen for truth, irony, cocktails and
the good graces of a well-turned sentence. The second volume, HEMINGWAY CUTTHROAT -- which finds Hemingway investigating the very real murder of Jose Robles in 1937 Spain -- is finished and slated to appear in 2010.

For #3... the jury's out. Are we going to Africa?

Not incidentally, at least not to me, I'm also a widely published poet, the winner of Word Works' Washington Prize in 2001, a runner-up for the National Poetry Series in 2001 and 1998, a selectee for The Best American Poetry 1993 (eds. Louise Gluck & David Lehman, Collier/Macmillan, 1993), a recipient of a fellowship in poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, 1988-89, etc. My poems have been in Epoch, Crazyhorse, The Threepenny Review, Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest, Ontario Review, The Laurel Review, Poetry East, The Seneca Review, Cimarron Review, Chelsea, Chicago Review, Southern Humanities Review, The Seattle Review, Graham House Review, New Orleans Review, Kansas Quarterly, Mudfish, Willow Springs, Passages North, Sycamore Review, Massachusetts Review, and many other journals.

Lastly, I find pride in the fact that my children can find Timbuktu on a map, I vote anti-imperialist whenever it is possible to do so, and I believe deeply in the existence of human stupidity.

Michael Atkinson's books on Goodreads
Blue VelvetBlue Velvet (Bfi Modern Classics)
reviews: 1
ratings: 19 (avg rating 3.93)

Hemingway Deadlights: A MysteryHemingway Deadlights: A Mystery
reviews: 2
ratings: 17 (avg rating 4.00)

One Hundred Children Waiting for a TrainOne Hundred Children Waiting for a Train
ratings: 2 (avg rating 3.00)

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