Michael Madonick was born and raised in New York City and received a BA (1972) and MBA (1974) from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. After several years in commercial real estate development, he returned to college and received an MFA (1981) from the University of Oregon. He is a recipient of the Academy of American Poets' Prize, the New Jersey Council on the Arts Distinguished Artist Award, an Illinois Arts Council Grant, and an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award. His work has appeared in a variety of literary journals including Boulevard, American Literary Review, New England Review, Epoch, Chicago Review, Southern Humanities Review, Cimarron Review, Black Warrior Review, Florida Review, Tar River Poetry, Cream City Review, Mid-American Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, and many others. His first collection of poetry, Waking the Deaf Dog, was published by Avocet Press, New York (2000), and his second book, Bulrushes, is forthcoming from The Backwaters Press.