MICHAEL BURKE’s nonfiction has appeared in national and international forums, from The New York Times and Boston Globe, to the Sunday Times (South Africa), and in Down East, Outside, Yankee, Islands, and A/B Architecture Boston.  His subjects range from snow camping to sea kayaking, from country fairs in Maine to travels in Sardinia, Basilicata, Scotland, and South Africa. His memoir/adventure, The Same River Twice (University of Arizona Press), documents his travels down a series of remote rivers in northern British Columbia, as well as his experiences as a river guide.  For more than 30 years, he was a whitewater and wilderness river guide, running rivers in California, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Mexico, and Alaska, where he made the first rafting descent of the Skwentna River in the Alaska Range in 1983.

He is also a playwright, having won the Maine Literary Arts Award for his play, The Town Meets in 2018.

A native Californian, he is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (B.A.  Philosophy, 1977) and of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (M.F.A. in Fiction, 1984).  He is currently Professor of English and Creative Writing at Colby College, in Waterville, Maine, where he directs the Program in Creative Writing.

He lives in Wilton, Maine with his wife, the fiction writer Patricia O’Donnell.  They have three grown children.