Michael Amherst is a writer and critic. His essay-memoir, Go the Way Your Blood Beats (Repeater Books, 2018), is the 2019 winner of the Stonewall Israel Fishman Award for nonfiction, sponsored by the American Library Association. The book is described as a meditation on truth and desire, for which he also received an award from Arts Council England. His essay, ‘Does a Silhouette Have a Shadow?’, which examines the relationship between mind and body through the lens of chronic illness, is published in anthology On Bodies (3 of Cups Press, 2018). His short fiction has appeared in publications including The White Review and Contrappasso and been longlisted for BBC Opening Lines and Bath Short Story Prize, and shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, New Statesman, Attitude, the Spectator and The London Magazine, among others. He is currently working on a novel.
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