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Mike Pemberton was born and raised in Normal, Illinois. As an adult he lived in Chicago and Dallas before returning to central Illinois and the small town of Hoopeston where he has been self-employed for fifteen years. He holds a B.S. and Masters in English.

Mike is a former sportswriter and columnist with the Pantagraph newspaper. He spends his spare time with his wife and two children, does volunteer work, and runs, taking part in 5K’s “when the mood strikes and the temperature is below 80 degrees.” On Saturdays in the fall you can find him tailgating at University of Illinois football games with family and friends.

Mike’s short stories and excerpts from novels have appeared in such literary journals as Euphemism, Touchstone and Aethlon. He has read his fiction at the Sport Literature Conference at East Tennessee State University and the Writing by Degrees Conference at Binghamton University. Most recently, he presented a creative nonfiction piece on Jack Kerouac and the Beats, WWII America: Was the Greatest Generation Beat? at the American Culture Association Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Mike appears on a regular basis as a columnist in the Sunday Commentary section of the Champaign News-Gazette .