Michael Spence

Michael Spence graduated in 1974 with a B.A. in English from the University of Washington.  He then served four years as a naval officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy.  When he completed his hitch, he returned to Seattle, where he currently lives and drives a public transit bus.  His work has been published in Editor's Choice II: Poetry, Fiction, and Art from the U.S. Small Press (1978-1983); Poetry; The American Scholar; The Chariton Review; Shenandoah; Quarterly West; and 15 Seattle Book, among other magazines and anthologies.  The Spine was chosen as a finalist in the 1986 Walt Whitman Award competition, and in 1987 his work won the Mary Elinore Smith Poetry Prize from The American Scholar.

Bibliography from Purdue University Press