Reading at Brescia University


On September 6th I will be reading and signing at Brescia University with poet Daniel Abbott. I’d love to see you there.

The 2017-2018 edition of the St. Ann St. Visiting Writers Series at Brescia University kicks off with a visit from Michael Wayne Hampton of Cincinnati, Ohio and Daniel Abbott of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Hampton is celebrating the release of his debut poetry collection “The Tax For Loving” (Eliezer Tristan Publishing, 2018.) He is also the author of the novella “Roller Girls Love Bobby Knight,” the story collection “Romance for Delinquents,” and a fiction chapbook, “Bad Kids From Good Schools.” He teaches creative writing at the University of Cincinnati-Clermont.

Abbott’s debut novel “The Concrete,” was release this year by IG Publishing. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.



My 2017 Reading List


In 2017 I read sixty books across all genres. A reading list is a snapshot of a time in your life, a scrapbook of pursuits and concerns, and here is mine for 2017 if you’re interested.

1. Becoming Human Jean Vanier
2. Vagabonding Rolf Potts
3. A Brief History of Time Shandiel Beers
4. How Not to Die Michael Greger
5. Intro to Biohacking Ari Meisel
6. Meditations Marcus Aurelius
7. The Chaos of Longing K.Y. Robinson
8. 100 Deadly Skills Clint Emerson
9. The Children’s War and Other Poems Shandiel Beers
10. Beautiful Ruins Jess Walters
11. Portrait of the Alcoholic Kaveh Akbar
12. There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce’ Morgan Parker
13. What are People For? Wendell Berry
14. Stealing Fire Steven Kotler
15. Flow: The Psychology of Optimum Experience Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
16. What Doesn’t Kill Us Scott Carney
17. The Rise of Superman Steven Kotler
18. A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson
19. Deep James Nestor
20. The Untethered Soul Michael A. Singer
21. Tao Te Ching Lao Tzu
22. Night Sky with Exit Wounds Ocean Vuong
23. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Harari
24. Scalped: Volume 1 Jason Aaron
25. Never Split the Difference Chris Voss
26. Buddhism Plain and Simple Steve Hagen
27. How to Love Thich Nhat Hahn
28. The Nature Fix Florence Williams
29. Kill Your Boyfriend Grant Morrison
30. The Sixth Extinction Elizabeth Kolbert
31. The Methusaleh Project James Lee
32. Become What You Are Alan Watts
33. The Lessons of History Will Durrant
34. Sparta: The Warrior State Revealed James Harper
35. Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging Sebastian Junger
36. The Road to Sparta Dean Karnazes
37. The Awakened Ape Jevan Pradas
38. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry Neal deGrasse Tyson
39. Lumberjanes: Volume 1 Noelle Stevenson
40. A Book of Five Rings Miyamoto Musashi
41. The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg
42. Of Beards and Men Christopher Oldstone-Moore
43. The Way of Men Jack Donovan
44. Spartans Patrick Auerbach
45. The Call of the Wild Jack London
46. Why Buddhism is True Robert Wright
47. Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst Robert Sapolsky
48. The Experience of Insight Joseph Goldstein
49. Lord of the Flies William Golding
50. Learning to Breathe Fire J.C. Herz
51. Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind Shunryu Suzuki
52. The Jungle Books Rudyard Kipling
53. Chasing Excellence Ben Bergeron
54. Girls Gone Old Fiona Helmsley
55. The Havalmal Saemundr Frodi
56. Blood Brotherhood and Other Rites of Male Alliance Jack Donovan
57. Her Body and Other Parties Carmen Machado
58. An Introduction to Zen Buddhism D.T. Suzuki
59. Navy SEAL Self-Discipline Dominic Mann
60. 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition Clint Emerson

My Year in Writing 2017


My Year in Writing 2017

This year I’ve focused most of my attention and energy on becoming a better, stronger, and more peacefully-minded person, which has been incredibly beneficial for me, but has also led to my writing suffering more than it should. Next year my focus will be on creation, but in the interest of reflection this is what I have to show for my year in writing.


Most of this year my fiction writing was spent working on the final version of my new novel that is in its home stretch. I can’t wait to send it to my agent so that I can tackle the other books I have outlined, and finish the half-dozen or so stories I have started. With that being said I was fortunate to have three reprints of earlier stories come out this year as well as a new flash fiction piece.

“The Baddest Man in Three Counties,” and “Slow Day at the S.A.” reprinted in Flush Fiction

“Slow Day at the S.A.” additionally reprinted in Paper and Ink Zine

“Target Model” flash fiction printed in Culture Cult Magazine


I sent out poetry for the first time this year, after writing it for the first time in decades. While I still have a few poems out for consideration, I haven’t written poems in earnest for the last six months or more, but am thankful to have had eleven of my poems find a home.

“Teenage Pin-up” poem Zoomoozophone Review

“Capsule” poem Foliate Oak Literary Magazine

“Vellum” poem (b)oink Zine

“Bruises,” and “Your First” poems Voices

“In a House of Dying Men” poem published in Waypoints

“Drive” poem published in Vagabond City

“Séance” poem published in Succor

“How I Write Poetry” poem published in Helen

“Failure,” and “Diary” poems published in Rust and Moth


I wrote an essay reflecting on my fight with major depression, and the feelings of loneliness and abandonment that come with it, and was thrilled to have it published since it’s a hybrid work that’s both scholarly and deeply personal.

“Escaping Loneliness” published in The Manifest Station


I was lucky enough to be interview by author and educator Ben Tanzer for his podcast This Podcast Will Save Your Life

Other random coolness:

In March I got a shout out from Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) for my novella Roller Girls Love Bobby Knight

I started a Tiny Letter to share with all of you, and have truly enjoyed reading your own work and thoughts.

10 Second Poem


I was listening to an interview with the author Michael Gurian today who stated that boys often act more aggressively because they are more emotionally fragile, that even the Y chromosome is more delicate, so I jotted down this quick little poem.

Roll a glass in

broken glass and then

You’ve made a Man

You can shatter it

at any time

and only

nick your hand