A three time $17,000 California Arts Council grant recipient, Michael McLaughlin has worked for 25 years as an Artist-in-Residence at Atascadero State Hospital, a maximum security forensic facility, as a Contract Artist with the California Department of Corrections, with California Youth Authority (w/ incarcerated adults & youth), and as San Luis Obispo county Area Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools.
A graduate of The University of Southern California's' Master of Professional Writing program, McLaughlin's written one novel, Western People Show Their Faces and three books of poetry, Ped Xing, The Upholstery of Heaven and Countless Cinemas.
Originally from San Francisco, McLaughlin lives on the central California coast with his brilliant and beautiful wife. Currently shopping around his second novel, Gang of One, McLaughlin was Poet Laureate of San Luis Obispo, California in 2003.
Suffering plays a greater role than knowledge in our acts of will. — W. H. Auden
Arts & Mental Health Program
Atascadero State Hospital
Arts in Corrections
Pleasant Valley State Prison
Featured Readings, events, press releases/reviews:
2014 -Mission Poetry Series, Granada Books Santa Barbara, California
-Associated Writing Programs Conference Seattle, Washington,
-California Arts Council JumpstARTs panelist Sacramento, California
-Quiet Lightning Featured Reader, San Francisco, California 2015 April: Associated Writing Programs Conference -Minneapolis, Minnesota/ San Francisco Jazz Poetry Festival, San Francisco, California/Poet Laureate Reading, San Luis Obispo, California June: Live from the CORE: Poetry/Performance Series CORE Winery Tasting Room Launch Michael McLaughlin MC 2nd Saturday/month September: California Poets in the Schools Statewide Conference Montecito, California Presenter The Blind Read: Pulling the Trigger on Language: Latino Poets Mid Fall: Rome, Athens & Santorini Due January 2016 -PUBLICATION: Poetry Book: Countless Cinemas(University of Hell Press, Portland, Oregon). Reading: Powell's Book Store Portland, Oregon
Michael B. McLaughlin
P.O. Box 14244
San Luis Obispo, California, 93406