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Michael Gills Papers

Identifier: MSS 0430

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the writing career of Michael Gills, author of many short stories and novels, from 1979 to 2013. Material representing Gill's early writings include story drafts for college courses as well as work for his master's thesis and doctoral dissertation. The bulk of the collection documents Gills' post-graduate publications through various drafts of his works and related planning and research material. These include the short story collections Why I Lie (2002), Go Love (2011), and "The Death of Bonnie and Clyde" and Other Stories (2012) as well as the 2013 nonfiction work, White Indians: Notes From A Sundance. Additional material includes miscellaneous story ideas and research, assorted poetry, documents relating to Gills' time at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1987-1989), miscellaneous correspondence, and photographs.


  • 1979 - 2013
  • Other: Date acquired: 2012 November 20


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Michael Gills (1960-) is the author of many published works of fiction as well as a writing professor at The University of Utah. After graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1987, Gills attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Fiction in 1989. He later received his doctorate in English from The University of Utah in 1997 where he is now a faculty member. Gills has won numerous prizes for his fiction work throughout the 1990s and 2000s. He has published several short story collections including Why I Lie (2002), Go Love (2011), and "The Death of Bonnie and Clyde" and Other Stories (2012). His first nonfiction work, White Indians: Notes From A Sundance was completed in 2013.


12.00 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials



Michael Gills (1960-) is an author, former University of North Carolina at Greensboro student, and writing professor at The University of Utah.

The collection, spanning the period from 1979 to 2013, includes material relating to Gills' many published writings as well as his college career.

Arrangement Note

Collection is arranged in eight boxes according to published writing project and then organized chronologically. Materials are on paper and include story drafts, planning and research documents, publisher's proofs, miscellaneous correspondence, and photographs.

Source of Acquisition

Michael Gills

Method of Acquisition

Gift of the author in 2012.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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