MICHAEL J. SOLENDER – BIO

I’ve been captivated by great storytelling since I heard my first Hans Christian Andersen story read to me by my grandmother.

I have a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. For 25 years I provided communications and human resources support to Fortune 500 corporations.

In 2008, I launched out on my own and began writing feature stories.

My work appears in the New York Times, Southern Living, NASCAR Illustrated, American City Business Journals, SouthPark Magazine, Carolina Mountain Life, Charlotte Magazine, Creative Loafing, Minnesota Magazine, Ocean Home Magazine, The Faster Times, The Jewish Daily Forward, The Raleigh News & Observer, The Richmond Times Dispatch, TravelConnect, The Winston-Salem Journal, Richmond Style Weekly, and many others. I am a regular contributor to my “hometown” paper, the Charlotte Observer.

My essays and opinions are featured at Like The Dew, Journal of Southern Culture & Politics, Medium and Thought Catalog. My thriller, ‘Pewter Badge’, was awarded the 2011 Derringer Award for Best Short Story by the Short Mystery Fiction Society.

I am the author of the short story and poetry chapbook, ‘Last Winter’s Leaves’, published by Full of Crow Press. My essay, ‘Unaffiliated’, is featured in the anthology, Topograph: New Writings From The Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond, published by Novello Festival Press.

I live in Charlotte, NC with my wife and best friend, Harriet.