I'm Mike, a writer and photographer living in Sarasota, Florida.
In the wake of WWII, a Jewish refugee returned to Vienna, Austria to wed a war bride who waved the Nazis into the 1st District as he fled by foot across the Rhine. Eighteen years later, a letter revealed my grandfather's infidelity, and their marriage dissolved. My grandmother left for South Africa, and soon my mother followed. In Johannesburg, my mother met Barry, the son of dressmakers and diamond miners from the Eastern Rand. After a spell in New York City, they made their way south to Florida where I was born with little if any tether to the place. It's part of why I've spent so much time making work about the State and more broadly about the South.
Two years ago, I moved back to my hometown, Sarasota, where I'm working on a book, "A Stranger in Our House," about how a traumatic brain injury altered the arc of my family's lives, the history of the injury in America stretching back to the Civil War, and just what constitutes a meaningful life.
Represented by Janis Donnaud
Please give me a shout. I'd love to hear from you.
The New York Times
The Bitter Southerner
The Surfer's Journal
Bonefish & Tarpon Journal
The Oxford American
The Boston Globe
Garden & Gun
The Miami Herald
Awards & Fellowships
Green Eyeshade Award for Business Reporting, 2021
James Beard Award for Profile, 2019
Research Fellowship, University of Florida, 2019
Culture Builds Florida Grant, Division of Cultural Affairs, 2019
Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Finalist, 2017
Puffin Foundation Grant for Photography, 2016
John Ringling Towers Fellowship, 2015
Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation Fellowship, 2015 + 2014
Key West Literary Seminar, 2020, 2019, 2018
Hermitage Artist Retreat 2020, 2016
Writer's Room, The Betsy Hotel, 2019
Keyholder Residency, Lower Eastside Printshop, 2015
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2015
Vermont Studio Center, 2014
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