by George J. Dance

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Michael Chitwood. Courtesy Flyleaf Books.

Michael Chitwood (born 1958) is an American poet and essayist.[1]


Chitwood was born in Rocky Mount, Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. He earned a B.A. in English from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, in 1980. He then worked as a science writer for the University of Virginia Medical Center, becoming assistant of Helix magazine. Enrolling in the University of Virginia as a full-time student, he earned an M.F.A. in 1986.[2]

In 1986 he moved to North Carolina, working as a science and medical writer at Duke University Medical Center, and then at Research Triangle Institute, where he edited the magazine Hypotenuse. He quit to become a freelance writer and full-time father after the birth of his son.[2]

His poetry and fiction have appeared in Poetry, The New Republic, Threepenny Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Field, the Georgia Review, and many other journals.[3] His book reviews and articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines such as the Greensboro News & Record, the Charlotte Observer, and the Raleigh News & Observer magazine.[4]

He lives with his wife and 2 children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina,[2] where he is a freelance writer, and a lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.[3] He also delivers commentary on WUNC-FM radio.[2]


Poetry Foundation: "In his work, Chitwood explores the Appalachian landscape of his youth and frequently draws on colloquial speech and themes."[1]


His 2002 poetry collection Gospel Road Going won the Roanoke-Chowan Prize for Poetry.[1]



  • Martyrdom of the Onions (chapbook). Troy, ME: Nightshade Press, 1991.
  • Salt Works: Poems. Athens, OH: Ohio Review Books, 1992.
  • Whet: Poems. Athens, OH: Ohio Review Books, 1995.
  • The Weave Room. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998.
  • Gospel Road Going: Poems. Chapel Hill, NC: Tryon, 2002.
  • From Whence: Poems. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 2007.
  • Spill: Poems. Dorset, VT: Tupelo Press, 2007.
  • Poor-Mouth Jubilee: Poems. North Adams, MA: Tupelo Press, 2010.
  • Living Wages: Poems. North Adams, MA: Tupelo Press, 2014.


  • Hitting Below the Bible Belt: Baptist voodoo, blood kin, Grandma's teeth, and other stories from the south. Asheboro, NC: Down Home Press, 1998.

Collected editionsEdit

  • Finishing Touches (essays & stories). Chapel Chapel Hill, NC: Tryon, 2006.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[5]

See alsoEdit

Heat by Michael Chitwood - Poem

Heat by Michael Chitwood - Poem


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Michael Chitwood, Poetry Foundation. Web, Sep. 24, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Michael Chitwood reads from his collection of poetry Poor-Mouth Jubilee, Flyleaf Books, 2010. Web, Sep. 26, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Michael Chitwood, English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Web, Sep. 26, 2016.
  4. Michael Chitwood, Blackbird I:1 (Spring 2002). Web, Sep. 26, 2016.
  5. Search results = au:Michael Chitwood, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Sep. 26, 2016.

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