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Welcome to the interweb home of Chicago writer

Michael A. Van Kerckhove.

I am a published author of creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, interviews, food reviews, pop culture and environmental pieces, and more. Check out my Publications and Freelance pages for more information.

The Performance page features information on past storytelling events and readings. Plus info on unpublished work I’ve shared.

My Nonprofit page features information on professional, volunteer, and other experience with various nonprofit organizations.

Cover artwork by the most excellent Borja Cabada.

Latest Publications


My first official published short fiction piece Survival is included in the 21st edition of Off the Rocks,  NewTown Writers’ journal of LGBT writings.

“Everyone Should Go to Live Lit Events”

My piece about the importance of Live Lit events is live at Proximity Magazine‘s TRUE Blog.

“Swim Lessons”

My nonfiction piece Swim Lessons appears in the new print issue of Waxing & Waning from April Gloaming Press.

“A Love Poem for Sleepaway Camp”

My nonfiction/prose poem/fan fiction Love Poem appears in FreezeRay Poetry, Issue #14: Putting a Band-Aid on 2017 With Sweet Nerd Poems.

Upcoming Events

Is This a Thing? – The Facts of Life

November 12, 2018 @ O’Shaughnessy’s, Ravenswood, Chicago.

Join me for the latest edition of this long-running Chicago storytelling event!

Mortified Chicago

December 1, 2018 @ Lincoln Hall, Lincoln Park, Chicago.

I’ll be returning to the Mortified stage to perform with Robert Kingett to tell his amazing story.

Fresh Meat Chicago

January 13, 2019 @ The Celtic Knot, Evanston.

Join me–just me–as I workshop a new work-in-progress long-form story!


All things Publications! Learn more about my work published in print and online. Thank you for reading. (more…)


All things Performance! Learn more about live lit/storytelling, reading, and solo performance events. Thank you for visiting. (more…)