Michael Hickins is a former editor at The Wall Street Journal. He is the critically acclaimed author of the influential short story collection The Actual Adventures of Michael Missing (Alfred A. Knopf, Dzanc Books), as well as the novels Blomqvist (iUniverse) and The What Do You Know Contest (Mynameisbooks, 2012). He is also the author of a notable memoir, I Lived in France and So Can You (Dzanc Books, 2019), as well as uncollected short stories published in The Quarterly, Columbia Journal, Sententia, MonkeyBicycle, Exquisite Pandemic, and elsewhere.
Hickins is senior director of communications for Oracle Corporation. Prior to that, he was the founding editor and editor-in-chief of CIO Journal, digital editor at The Wall Street Journal, and editor for several trade publications, including Women’s Wear Daily. He has published widely on technology and business issues at Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., and Fast Company. Hickins lived in France for a dozen years, coaching French baseball teams, translating legal and technical documents into English, and co-founding a successful American restaurant, Molly’s Lone Star.
He earned his BA in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia College, Columbia University, and earned an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University School of the Arts.
Hickins has two adult children, both born in France (where one still resides), and a kindergarten-age son with his third wife with whom he lives in New York State. He has and always will love the New York Yankees.
Reviews for The Actual Adventures of Michael Missing:
- “Outrageously inventive.” – The Literary Journal
- “Meditative and powerful” – The Hartford Courant
- “Wise and wryly funny” – People Magazine
- “Bizarre and sometimes baffling picaresque tales. [Hickins’] flip tone, gratuitous sex and violence… snide stories resemble underground comics” — Publishers Weekly
- “Missing may be Hickins, but Hickins won’t be missing from the National Book Award committee’s shortest of short lists come judgement day!” — Spy Magazine
Reviews for Blomqvist
“Incredibly well-written historical fiction” — Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
“Tremendously done” – Bryn Hammond, Goodreads
– The Actual Adventures of Michael Missing has been used as course material at the Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program
– Recipient of McDowell Colony residency grant
– Won a Codie Award for SECPlus, the first digital SEC compliance tool on the web, as the editorial lead at Thomson Reuters;
– Won the 1978 New York State prize for a research paper on the roots of the Republican Party;
– Speaker and panelist at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium in 2013 and 2014