Michael Downs

Michael Downs’s first book, House of Good Hope (University of Nebraska Press), won the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Prize. His second book is The Greatest Show (Louisiana State University Press), a collection of linked stories featuring the Hartford Circus Fire of 1944. A former newspaper reporter, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. He lives in Baltimore and teaches at Towson University.