Michael Kardos,
Associate Professor &
Co-Director of Creative Writing

2308 Lee Hall
Department of English
P.O. Box E
Mississippi State, MS   39762


Michael Kardos

Professional Bio

Michael Kardos co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State. His novel The Three-Day Affair (Grove Atlantic/Mysterious Press, 2012) was named a best book of the year by Esquire magazine, and his story collection One Last Good Time (Press 53, 2011) won the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction. He is also author of the textbook The Art and Craft of Fiction (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2013). His short fiction has appeared in Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, The Harvard Review, and elsewhere, and won a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His new novel, Before He Finds Her, is forthcoming in early 2015 from Grove Atlantic/Mysterious Press.


Ph.D.      2003       University of Missouri
M.F.A.    2000       The Ohio State University
B.A.        1992       Princeton University

Teaching Interests:

Creative writing, fiction
20th/21st century American literature

Recent Courses:

Recent Publications: Fiction


Before He Finds Her Before He Finds Her. New York: Grove Atlantic/Mysterious Press (Forthcoming Feb 2015).

The Three-Day Affair. New York. Grove Atlantic/Mysterious Press (September 2012).The Three-

One Last Good Time: Stories. Winston-Salem, NC: Press 53 (February 2011).One Last Good Time

The Art and Craft of Fiction. Boston. Bedford/St. Martin’s (December 2012). The Art and Craft of Fiction





“America, Etc.” One Teen Story (Forthcoming)

Reprint. “Animals.” The Pushcart Prize XXXIX: Best of the Small Presses
2015 Edition (Forthcoming).

“Animals.” Crazyhorse 83 (2013): 11-29.

“The Middle of Corn, U.S.A.” Fiction Magazine 58 (2012): 52-66.

“A Story with Strong, Graceful Hands.” Harvard Review 41 (2011): 200-211.

“Two Truths and a Lie.” PRISM International 49.1 (Fall 2010): 10-28.

“Texas Justice.” Iron Horse Literary Review 12.1 (February 2010): 1-16.

“The Highest Point in Delaware.” Fiction International 42 (Fall 2009): 57-62.

“Ida the Whistler.” Pleiades 29.2 (Summer 2009): 81-94.

“Mediation.” Crazyhorse 75 (Spring 2009): 31-44.

“Metamorphosis.” Prairie Schooner 83.1 (Spring 2009): 90-103.

“Maximum Security.” The Southern Review 44.1 (Winter 2008): 113-127.

Recent Publications: Essays & Reviews

“Into the Pot: An Essay on Fiction and Morality.” Pleiades (Forthcoming).
Review of The Book of Duels. Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, MS. March 22, 2014

Review of “Grit Lit: A Rough South Reader.Mississippi Quarterly 65.4 (Spring 2014): 619-621.

“Get Your Short Story Published.” Writer’s Digest 91.8 (Nov/Dec 2011): 30-33.

“Writing the Jersey Shore in the Age of Reality TV.” The Millions (September 2011)

“Lit Journal Submissions 101.” Writer’s Digest 90.8 (Nov/Dec 2010): 20-22.

“Witches: The Reunion Tour” Review of The Widows of Eastwick. The Cincinnati Review 6.1 (Summer 2009): 185-189.

“In Defense of Starting Early.” The Writer’s Chronicle 41.4 (February 2009): 66-71.