Hi there. Thank you for stopping by.
My name is Michael A. Van Kerckhove. I am a writer with performance and executive & volunteer nonprofit experience. Sometimes all at once.
I am a native Detroiter and long time Chicagoan. I’ve also spent time in Nashville; Kalamazoo & Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor, Michigan; and South Bend, Indiana.
I’ve written, performed, and published much creative nonfiction, including personal and researched stories. I have multiple fictions in various stages of progress. I’ve started writing poetry again, sometimes even with line breaks. I used to write plays, but not so much anymore.
In my nonprofit life, I served four years from 2013-2017 as the Executive Director of Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, leading the US Center for ASSITEJ International, a world reaching organization “dedicated to the artistic, cultural, and educational rights of children and young people across the globe.” I also served as a marketing and events intern for Open Books, a literacy organization and bookstore in Chicago, and was a volunteer in their Creative Writing Workshops program. In Nashville, I worked with the LGBT Chamber of Commerce as coordinator for their TASTE 2017 fundraiser event. I am looking to continue my service to Chicago, Illinois, and the greater Midwest through advocacy & stewardship, the arts, education & literacy, the environment & conservation, writing & publishing. For more about my nonprofit experience, visit the Nonprofit Page of this site.
I am a graduate of Western Michigan University’s Theatre and English Departments and of DePaul University’s Master of Arts in Writing & Publishing. I completed one year of IUSB’s MA English program while in South Bend.
My favorite band is The Cure. R.E.M. is a close second. I am a total Josh Ritter, Band of Brothers, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Saturday Night Live fanboy. If I were to describe myself in three fictional characters, I would choose Luke Skywalker, Edward Scissorhands, and Ally McBeal.