Contributor Update: Michael Henson

Cover for Maggie BoylanToday we are pleased to share news about past SR contributor Michael Henson. Michael’s upcoming book Maggie Boylan is available for preorder from Ohio University Press here. Of the author, Amy Greene, author of Long Man and Bloodroot, says:“Michael Henson is one of the finest authors of literary fiction writing today. His Maggie Boylan stories give voice to those among us who are seldom heard. Maggie Boylan is an important work of art, beautifully rendered.”

The Girl Who Spoke Foreign” by Michael Henson can be read in Issue 10 of Superstition Review.

Congratulations, Michael!


The Way the World Is: The Maggie Boylan Stories

The Way the World Is: The Maggie Boylan Stories

Set in Appalachian Ohio amid an epidemic of prescription opiate abuse, Michael Henson’s stunning collection of linked stories tells of a woman’s search for her own peculiar kind of redemption. Addict, thief, liar, lover, loser, hustler, Maggie Boylan is queen of invective and sultana of insult. But she is also a woman of deep compassion and resilience. Her journey is by turns frightening, funny, and deeply moving.

About the Author
Michael Henson is the author of Ransack (West End Press, 1980), A Small Room With Trouble on My Mind (West End Press, 1983), Tommy Perdue (MotesBooks, 2012), and several books of poetry. The Way the World Is: the Maggie Boylan Stories is the 2014 winner of the Brighthorse Prize for Short Fiction. He has worked as a teacher, a factory hand, a community organizer, and a substance abuse counselor and is a member of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. He lives in Cincinnati.

His riveting book is now available on

SR Pod/Vod Series: Writer Michael Henson

Each Tuesday we feature audio or video of an SR Contributor reading their work. Today we’re proud to feature a podcast by Michael Henson.

Michael Henson

Michael Henson is author of Ransack, a novel, and A Small Room With Trouble on My Mind, a book of stories, as well as three collections of poetry. His latest work is Tommy Perdue, a novella from MotesBooks. He is a member of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative and has been active with the Urban Appalachian Council and other organizations for many years. He lives in Cincinnati.

You can listen to the podcast on our iTunes Channel.

You can read along with Michael’s work in Issue 10 of Superstition Review.