SOUTHERN-FRIED FICTION, POETRY,
AND A LITTLE PHILOSOPHY:
The webpage of Michael Potts, Writer of Southern Fiction, Horror, Poetry, and Philosophy
Michael Potts is a native of Smyrna, Tennessee and a Smyrna High School graduate. He holds degrees from David Lipscomb University, Harding School of Theology, Vanderbilt University, and The University of Georgia. He is currently Professor of Philosphy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where he has taught since 1994. His interest in creative writing was sparked by a friend who suggested he take a course in writing poetry at Methodist. That led to more courses and to completing two major workshops: The Writers' Loft (now MTSU Writers) through Middle Tennessee State University, and the Odyssey Writing Workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire. He won two awards in 2006 from the North Carolina Writers' Network: The Mary Belle Campell Poetry Book Award for his chapbook, From Field to Thicket, and the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Award for his essay, "Haunted." His books include two novels, End of Summer (2011) and Unpardonable Sin (2014), and a book that strives to make philosophy fun, Aerobics for the Mind (2014). These are published by WordCrafts Press in Tullahoma, Tennessee. In 2015, WordCrafts will publish an expanded version of From Field to Thicket with illustrative photographs. He has also written a horror feature screenplay, "Obedience," and a horror short screenplay, "Business Meeting." In addition, Potts co-edited an anthology of articles opposed to brain death criteria for human death, Beyond Brain Death (Kluwer, 2000), and has numerous journal and encyclopedia articles, book chapters, book reviews, and academic presentations. He enjoys chess, reading, writing, vegetable gardening, and canning. He lives with his wife, Karen, and their three cats, Frodo, Pippin, and Rosie, in Linden, North Carolina.