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Michael Mirolla

Michael Mirolla

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The author of a clutch of novels, plays, film scripts and short story and poetry collections, MICHAEL MIROLLA describes his writing as a mix of magic realism, surrealism, speculative fiction and meta-fiction. Publications include three Bressani Prize winners: the novel Berlin (2010); the poetry collection The House on 14th Avenue (2014); and the short story collection Lessons in Relationship Dyads (2016). Other novels include: The Facility, which features among other things a string of cloned Mussolinis; Torp: The Landlord, The Husband, The Wife and The Lover, set in 1970 Vancouver during the War Measures Act; and The Giulio Metaphysics III, a novel/linked short story collection wherein a character named “Giulio” battles for freedom from his own creator. Other publications: the short story collections The Formal Logic of Emotion, The Photographer in Search of Death, and Paradise Island & Other Galaxies; a punk novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; and two collections of poetry: Light and Time, and At the End of the World. A novella, The Last News Vendor received a Reader’s View Award and took the 2020 Hamilton Literary Award for fiction. The short story, “A Theory of Discontinuous Existence,” was selected for The Journey Prize Anthology; and both “The Sand Flea” and “Casebook: In The Matter of Father Dante Lazaro” were a Pushcart Prize nominees. In the fall of 2019, Michael served a three-month writer’s residency at the Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver, during which time he finished the first draft of a novel, The Second Law of Thermodynamics. Three of his plays—Gargoyles, Snails, and A Revised Experiment—have received professional production. Gargoyles won the Canadian One-Act Playwriting Competition. Born in Italy and raised in Montreal, Michael now makes his home in Hamilton. For more information,



The Formal Logic of Emotion. 1992, Nuage
Berlin. 2008, Leapfrog Press
The Facility. 2010, Leapfrog Press
Light and Time. 2010, Guernica Editions
The Ballad of Martin B. 2011, Quattro
The Giulio Metaphysics III. 2013, Leapfrog Press
The House on 14th Avenue. 2013, Signature Editions
Lessons in Relationship Dyads. 2015, Red Hen Press
Torp. 2016, Linda Leith Press
The Photographer in Search of Death. 2017, Exile Editions
The Last News Vendor. 2019, Quattro
Paradise Island and Other Galaxies. 2020, Exile
At the End of the World. 2021, Black Moss Press


Bressani Prize for Berrlin, 2010
Bressani Prize for The House on 14th Avenue, 2014
Bressani Prize for Lessons in Relationship Dyads, 2017
Hamilton Literary Arts Award for The Last News Vendor, 2020
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