Micah McCrary

Educator, Essayist, Book Gossip

Work Forthcoming in ‘The Swamp’


My essay “Island in the City” is forthcoming in The Swamp Literary Magazine. Feel free to check out their most current issue here!


Interview with José Orduña


“My Story Doesn’t Begin When I Was Born,” my interview with José Orduña, author of The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement, appears today at the Los Angeles Review of Books. You can read our interview here.

An Idea of Prague


My essay “An Idea of Prague” is now available to read here, in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of South 85 Journal.

Midwestern Gothic Contributor Spotlight

Midwestern Gothic has been kind enough to run some short interviews with its Issue 23 authors. You can read our interview here, as well as those of other contributors.

Midwestern Gothic Issue 23



Issue 23 of Midwestern Gothic is now available! I’m happy to have my essay “Two Cities” featured in the all-nonfiction (and final quarterly) issue, which also contains “The Sediment of Fear” by Toni Nealie. Feel free to check out the issue, which is available in both paperback and eBook (Kindle, iPad, Nook, and PDF) formats.

“Of Bedrock” at Essay Daily

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 2.04.48 PMI have a critical essay on the Montaignan tradition, “Of Bedrock: Reading Michel de Montaigne’s ‘Of Practice,’” appearing this week at Essay Daily. Many, many thanks to Ander Monson and Will Slattery for bringing the piece to life.

Interview with Patrick Madden


At the Los Angeles Review of Books, author Patrick Madden and I talk about his newest book, Sublime Physick—and, of course, about loving essays.