Michael William Fleming

Michael William Fleming

736 Bonnyvale Road, Brattleboro, Vermont 05301

(802) 579-1700 / wyomike@earthlink.net



Creative editor, essayist, novelist, and poet with wide-ranging interests and extensive international experience; award-winning teacher of composition and literature.



Writer/Editor (Freelance) 2003 – present

W. W. Norton & Company   Publisher of College Textbooks

  • Developmental editor:
  • We the People, 9e (political science textbook, 2013)

    The Norton Introduction to Poetry, 9e (2005)

    The Norton Introduction to Literature, 9e (2005)

  • Copyeditor:
  • The Norton Anthology of World Literature, vols. A, B, C, E, & F, 4e (2017, in press)

    The Norton Anthology of English Literature, vols. A & F, 10e (2017, in press)

    The Norton Anthology of American Literature, vols. C & E, 9e (2016)

    Western Civilizations, J. Cole & C. Symes, 18e (2015)

    The Norton Mix: World History, 1e (2014)

    America, 9e (history textbook, 2014)

    The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, vols. C & F, 3e (2013)

    The Norton Introduction to Literature, 11e (2013)

    The Norton Mix: American History, 1e (2013)

    The Norton Sampler, 8e (2013)

    The Norton Anthology of World Literature, 3e (2012)

    The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 8e (2011)

    Born in Blood and Fire: Voices from Latin America, 2011

    The Norton Reader, 13e (2011)

    The Norton Introduction to Literature, 10e (2010)

    Born in Blood and Fire, J. C. Chasteen (2e, 2010)

    The Norton Mix: Composition, 1e (2010)

    Western Civilizations, J. G. Coffin & R. C. Stacey, 17e (2010)

    The Norton Anthology of American Literature, vol. A, 7e (2008)

    Biography and the Sociological Imagination, M. Shanahan & R. Macmillan (2007)

    The Norton Field Guide to Writing, with Readings, 1e (2007)

    The Norton Introduction to Literature, 9e (2005)

  • Writer:
  • headnotes, The Norton Sampler, 9e (2017, in press)

    author biographies, The Norton Reader, 13e (2011), 14e (2015)

    headnotes, Back to the Lake, T. Cooley, ed. (college-level essay collection, 2008)

    interactive tutorial, Academic Honesty and Avoiding Plagiarism (2007)

    headnotes, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, 7e (2006)

  • Annotations writer/editor and text editor:
  • The Norton Anthology of Drama, 1e (2009)

Island Press   Publisher of Books on the Environment & Responsible Development

  • Copyeditor:
  • Bike Boom: The Unexpected Resurgence of Cycling,

         C. Reid (2017, in press)

    Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health,

         E. Monosson (2017, in press)

    No One Eats Alone: Food as a Social Enterprise,

         M. Carolan (2017, in press)

    Seeing the Better City: How to Explore, Observe, and Improve Urban Space,

         C. Wolfe (2017)

    Nature’s Allies: Eight Conservationists Who Changed Our World,

         L. Nielsen (2017)

    Landscape Architecture Theory: An Ecological Approach,

         M. Murphy (2016)

    Design Professional’s Guide to Zero Net Energy Buildings,

         C. Eley (2016)

    Water Is for Fighting Over: And Other Myths about Water in the West,

         J. Fleck (2016)

    Modern Poisons: A Brief Introduction to Contemporary Toxicology,

         A. Kolok (2016)

    The Future of the Suburban City: Lessons from Sustaining Phoenix,

         G. Gammage (2016)

    Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man,

         J. Mark (2015)

    The End of Automobile Dependence: How Cities Are Moving beyond Car-Based Planning,

         P. Newman & J. Kenworthy (2015)

    Brilliant Green: The Surprising History and Science of Plant Intelligence,

         S. Mancuso & A. Viola (2015)

    Chasing the Red Queen: The Evolutionary Race Between Agricultural Pests and Poisons,

         A. Dyer (2014)

    Unnatural Selection: How We Are Changing Life, Gene by Gene,

         E. Monosson (2014)

    Connecting to Change the World: Building Networks for Social Impact,

         P. Plastrik, M. B. Taylor, & J. Cleveland (2014)

    An Indomitable Beast: The Remarkable Journey of the Jaguar,

         A. Rabinowitz (2014)

    The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America’s Predators,

         C. Eisenberg (2014)

    Next-Generation Infrastructure: Principles for Post-Industrial Public Works,

         H. Brown (2014)

    Foreclosing the Future: The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction,

         B. Rich (2013)

    Transport Beyond Oil: Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future,

         J. L. Renne & B. Fields, eds. (2013)

    Observation and Ecology: Broadening the Scope of Science to Understand a Complex World,

         R. Sagarin & A. Pauchard, eds. (2012)

    Corporation 2020: Transforming Business for Tomorrow’s World,

         P. Sukhdev (2012)

    Marketing for Scientists: How to Shine in Tough Times,

         M. J. Kuchner (2012)

    The Global Farms Race: Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security,

         M. Kugelman & S. L. Levenstein, eds. (2012)

    Tibet Wild: A Naturalist’s Journeys on the Roof of the World,

         G. B. Schaller (2012)

    Temperate and Boreal Rainforests of the World: Ecology and Conservation,

         D. A. DellaSala, ed. (2010)

    Principles of Brownfield Regeneration: Cleanup, Design, and Reuse of Derelict Land,

         J. B. Hollander et al. (2010)

    Conservation by Proxy: Indicator, Umbrella, Keystone, Flagship, and Other Surrogate Species,

         T. Caro (2010)

    Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water,

         P. H. Gleick (2009)

    Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow,

         W. R. Freudenburg et al. (2009)

    Heatstroke: Saving Nature in an Age of Global Warming,

         A. D. Barnosky (2009)

Additional Editing Projects

  • Books:
  • The Full Vermonty,

         B. Mares & J. Danziger (Green Writers Press, 2017, in press)

    One Cabin, One Cat, Three Years,

         D. Marler (Green Writers Press, 2017, in press)


         B. Adams (Green Writers Press, 2016); Literary Classics Book Award —

         Gold Medal, Environmental Issues

    The SPLIT Film Guide: To Help Kids and Parents through the Ups and Downs of Divorce,

         E. Bruno (BrunoFilms, 2015)

    Teaching from the Heart of Mindfulness,

         L. Alderfer (Green Writers Press, 2015)

    Lost, but Found,

         C. Wilfong (Heart Path Press, 2014)

    Capable of Anything,

         T. S. Brumsey (Amazon eBook, 2014)

    Love in the Time of Climate Change,

         B. Adams (Green Writers Press, 2014); Foreword Reviews’ 2014

         INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner, Humor (Adult Fiction)

    Against Wind and Tide: African Americans Struggle Against the Colonization Movement to Africa,

         O. Power-Greene (NYU Press, 2014)

    Every Good Thing,

         C. Wilfong (Heart Path Press, 2013)

    Teach Us That Peace,

         Baron Wormser (Piscataqua Press, 2013)

    Unleashed to Learn: Empowering Students to Learn at Full Capacity,

         Linda Aronson (2013)

    Impermanent Immortality,

         C. Wilfong (Heart Path Press, 2012)

    At the Mercy of the Elements,

         C. Wilfong (Heart Path Press, 2011)

    The Pig and Me,

         L. Frucci (2011)

    That Rascal Mind,

         C. Wilfong (Heart Path Press, 2010)

    A Life in Business: Memoirs,

         Irving Miller (2008)

    Ancient Secrets for Facial Rejuvenation,

         V. Mogilner (New World Library, 2006)

    Author Residency Handbook (National Book Foundation, 2006)

    Writers in Indian Country (National Book Foundation, 2006)

    A Story Like Mine: World War II Recollections,

         Paul Fleming (1996)

  • Conducted hospice biography project, Laguna Honda Hospital, San Francisco (1993–96)


Senior Editor (In-House) 2000 – 2003

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, NY   Publisher of Textbooks

  • Planned, organized, and edited last edition of Adventures in American Literature.

  • Wrote and edited all pedagogical material for The Holt Reader (grade-11 anthology).

  • Managed the work of assistants and freelancers; conducted in-depth analysis of company editorial procedures.


Lecturer, Undergraduate Expository Writing Programs 1991 – 1999

University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Baruch College, City University of New York, New York, NY

Colleges of Arts and Sciences

  • Taught a wide range of composition courses to more than 600 students over 15 semesters.

  • Developed and taught new courses: “Science and Writing I & II,” “The American Literature of Exploration and Travel,” “American Grammar.”

  • Assessed placement exams each semester, and twice served as Chief Reader.

  • Tutored undergraduate and graduate students in Writing Center.


Assistant Director, Secondary School Mathematics Program 1990 – 1991

Education & Technology Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Not-for-Profit Publisher of Materials for Secondary Education

  • Developed, wrote, and edited materials for Sci-Math, a federally funded project for improving high-school mathematics instruction.

  • Wrote and edited a Sci-Math newsletter for widespread distribution.

  • Conducted teacher workshops throughout the United States.


Secondary School Mathematics Teacher 1986

Vuvulane High School, Swaziland

  • For full academic year, prepared syllabi, conducted daily lessons with four classes, levels ranging from arithmetic to advanced algebra and trigonometry.


English Language Teacher & School Administrator 1980 – 1981

United Nations–Administered Refugee Camps, Thailand

  • Conducted classes in English for adults and high-school students.

  • Developed comprehensive English language program for beginning students.

  • Founded and administered Montessori pre-school.

  • Analyzed, developed, administered numerous International Rescue Committee education projects.



Oxford University, New College, Oxford, England 1982 – 1984

M.A. Honors, English

  • Rhodes Scholar

  • Honors thesis on fourteenth-century mystic poet Richard Rolle of Hampole

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 1976 – 1980

A.B., English

  • Graduated Magna cum laude.

  • Studied writing under John McPhee, Stephen Koch.

  • Won awards for senior thesis, a study of Vladimir Nabokov, as well as for short fiction.



  • “Laureate’s Choice” winner of Marie W. Faust Sonnet Contest for “In the Woods,” 2017

  • Sixfold Poetry Contest, Fourth Place for “For My Father,” Autumn 2016

  • Longlisted for Fish Poetry Prize for poem “The Soddy,” 2016

  • Narrative Winter Story Contest, finalist for essay “In America, They Cut Your Head Off: Among the Hmong,” 2016

  • International Publication Prize winner for poems “Rewilding the Golf Course” & “Nineteenth-Century Canvasses,” Atlanta Review, 2016

  • Shortlisted for Gregory O’Donoghue Prize for poem “Perfect,” 2016

  • Finalist, Southwest Review Morton Marr Poetry Prize, 2015

  • Top Winner of Marie W. Faust Sonnet Contest for poem “Editor,” 2015

  • Shortlisted for Gregory O’Donoghue Prize for poem “The Merry Dancers,” 2015

  • Sixfold Poetry Contest, Third Place for “Tributes,” Winter 2015

  • Distinguished Lecturer Award, University of San Francisco, 1998

  • Rhodes Scholarship, 1982

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1980

  • National Merit Scholarship, 1976

  • Writing Fellowships: Vermont Studio Center, 2013; Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998; Ucross Foundation, 1999; Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, 1998; Ragdale Foundation, 1998, 1997



Fiction and Poetry

  • The Del Ray Method (novel in progress)

  • Many poems, essays, short stories, and other writings; numerous public readings

  • Twice had stories featured on public radio program, “Fiction in Shorts”


  • My Commute: Living in the American West (book in progress)

  • Numerous essays about writing and the teaching of writing

  • Essays and speeches about death and dying


  • “Home” (poem), broadside produced by PoemCity project, Montpelier, Vermont, April 2017

  • For My Father: “The Signalman's Story,” “Alcova 1971,” “The Brace,” “Patience” (poems), Sixfold, Winter 2016

  • “Rewilding the Golf Course” & “Nineteenth-Century Canvasses” (poems), Atlanta Review 23:1, 2016

  • “Apprentice” (poem), Southern Poetry Review 54:2, 2016

  • “Hardware” (poem), broadside produced by PoemCity project, Montpelier, Vermont, April 2016

  • “Perfect” (poem), Southword, April/May 2016

  • “Play Me the Blues” (poem), Helen, October 2015

  • The Camp: “Desire,” “Khao-I-Dang,” “Lunch,” “The Voice of America,” “Meeting Mrs. Ping” (poems), Sixfold, Winter 2015

  • “Casino” (poem), Helen, May 2015

  • “The Merry Dancers” (poem), Southword, April 2015

  • “Contact” (poem), broadside produced by PoemCity project, Montpelier, Vermont, April 2015

  • Tributes: “On the Bus,” “Paging Doctor Bebop,” “Mr. McPhee’s Class,” “Attending,” “The Audacity of the Jaguar” (poems), Sixfold, Winter 2014

  • To a Fighter: “Invocations,” “From Dartmouth-Hitchcock,” “Chemo,” “Picture This,” “The Champ” (poems), Sixfold, Summer 2014

  • “Midwinter Rain” & “Of Making Books” (poems), broadsides produced by PoemCity project, Montpelier, Vermont, April 2014

  • “Reptiles,” “Of Making Books,” “The Importance of Vowels,” “Traffic Stop,” “Hot Cherry Pie” (poems), Sixfold, Winter 2013

  • “Waiting in Line at the Liquor Store,” “Centralia,” “Grief,” “St. David’s Head,” “Jubilee Blues” (poems), Sixfold, Summer 2013

  • “Play Me the Blues” (poem), broadside produced by PoemCity project, Montpelier, Vermont, April 2013

  • “Astrology” (poem), broadside produced by PoemCity project, Montpelier, Vermont, April 2012

  • “Math Teacher” (poem), The Salon, Autumn 2011

  • “Carolyn’s Table” (poem), broadside produced by Poetry Alive! project, Montpelier, Vermont, April 2011

  • “His Tools” (poem), Great American Catholic Eulogies, ed. Carol DeChant (Acta Publications, 2011)

  • “America through Foreign Eyes” (op-ed piece), Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune, 1988



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