Mitchell R. McInnis
- Date of birth: September 14
- Description: McInnis is a poet, writer and editor born and raised in Montana. It was in Livingston, Montana that McInnis and artist/designer Brad Bunkers founded and ran the innovative, now-retired arts journal, HoboEye.
His work has appeared in many forms in many venues. Most recently, his poetry and reviews have appeared in The Collagist and The Southeast Review. He is proud to have first been published in Carolyn Forché’s journal, So to Speak.
In 2019, McInnis became a voting member of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC). In April 2020, he will be traveling to promote two books: a 15th anniversary edition of his poetry collection The Missing Shade of Blue while premiering his new collection Dancing in the Neon Boneyard.
McInnis' first book The Missing Shade of Blue sold well for a poetry book, and allowed McInnis to travel and promote the book in the Northwest, Midwest and Northeast. Blue was recognized at book festivals as a unique contribution, and was honored with an award from the Society of Illustrators for its unique integration of Jonathan Twingley's illustrations. Because of the success of this book, Mitch has been consulted by publishers and authors regarding strategy for independent publishing.
For these reasons, the 15th anniversary edition of The Missing Shade of Blue forthcoming from Theran Press is a celebration of poetry as well as independent publishing.
McInnis is a teacher who loves to work with teenagers, especially gifted students without access to arts programs in their schools. He is also a messaging strategist and consultant for small businesses and nonprofits.
He holds a BA in philosophy from Concordia College-Moorhead and an MFA in creative writing and literature from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. In 1997, he was a graduate student at New York University (NYU) in order to study the work of Jacques Derrida, Jurgen Habermas and Harold Bloom, all of whom were teaching there at the time.