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Michael Henry is co-founder of Lighthouse Writers Workshop with program director Andrea Dupree. In 1997, they came up with the idea of running their own creative writing workshops under the name “Lighthouse” while looking at an Edward Hopper painting, “Lighthouse at Two Lights.” When Lighthouse officially became a nonprofit organization in 2004, Michael was named Executive Director. Over the years, Michael has worked as a water meter reader, board of elections paper-clip counter, college dining hall dishwasher, pizza delivery guy, UPS truck loader, accounts payable clerk, painter’s helper, high school girls' cross country coach, and ski instructor. He received a BA in English Literature from the University of Rochester, and an MFA from Emerson College.

As for his writing, his nonfiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines such as Elevation Outdoors, Ekphrastic Review, Hippocampus, Threepenny Review, Pleiades, Copper Nickel, Rio Grande Review, Georgetown Review, Mountain Gazette, The Writer, and 5280 Magazine. He's also published two books of poetry, No Stranger Than My Own and Active Gods, and a chapbook, Intersection. In 2017 he was awarded a prestigious Livingston Fellowship from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, and in 2018 he received the Judy Anderson Founders Award from PlatteForum.