Like Sharon Stone and the zipper, Mike McClelland is originally from Meadville, Pennsylvania. Before becoming a writer, he worked as a grave digger, wedding singer, and antique salesman. He also spent a decade working as a marketing strategist in London, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Hong Kong, New York, Chicago, and Atlanta. During this time, his clients included MillerCoors, Toyota, BP, Nike, Pepsi, News Corp, Shangri La Hotels, Rolex, Buffalo Wild Wings, and many others. He was a member of WPP's prestigious marketing fellowship and has worked for world famous agencies such as Ogilvy, Mindshare, The Jupiter Drawing Room, and others.
As a writer, Mike's work has appeared or is forthcoming in several anthologies and a number of journals, including Queen Mob's Teahouse, Intrinsick Mag, Permafrost, Heavy Feather Review, Brain Mill Press, Cactus Heart, and others. He also created and contributes to the blog Painted Stories with his brother, the painter Casey McClelland. He is a graduate of Allegheny College and of the London School of Economics and received the Colin Roderick Prize for Australian Literature Studies from James Cook University in Townsville, Australia. Currently an MFA candidate at Georgia College, Mike serves as the Assistant Fiction Editor for the literary journal Arts & Letters and as an editorial assistant for the scholarly journal The Flannery O'Connor Review. He is the co-founder and co-editor of On the Veranda Literary Journal.
Mike lives in Georgia with his husband (a dashing South African political scientist) and a menagerie of rescue dogs (two very stinky beagles and a very peppy labrador).