Michael J. Solender lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife Harriet where they obsess over their garden. He hails originally from the sometimes frozen tundra of Minneapolis, MN. There he ignored (only once) his mother’s advice to pursue a career in medicine and became a Corporate Klingon.
A recent Corporate Refugee, Solender foolishly turned to writing as his salvation. His work has been featured in Southern Living, The Faster Times, SouthPark Magazine, The Richmond Times Dispatch, The Winston-Salem Journal, and Richmond Style Weekly. He writes a weekly Neighborhoods column for The Charlotte Observer and contributes regularly to Charlotte ViewPoint and Like The Dew, Journal of Southern Culture & Politics.
His micro-fiction has been featured online at Bull Men's Fiction, Calliope Nerve, Danse Macabre, Dogzplot, Full of Crow, Gloom Cupboard, The Legendary, Right Hand Pointing and others.
Solender’s short story, Pewter Badge, was awarded the 2011 Derringer Award for Best Short Story by the Short Mystery Fiction Society.
He is the author of the short story and poetry chapbook, Last Winter’s Leaves, published by Full of Crow Press. His essay, Unaffiliated, is featured in the anthology, Topograph: New Writings From The Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond, published by Novello Festival Press.
Solender is the editor for ON THE WING, Full of Crow's online nonfiction magazine and MICROW, a semiannual publication of very short stories and prose.
Solender also serves as Editor of the City Life section of Charlotte Viewpoint, a nonprofit online arts, culture and civic magazine.
If you send him a dollar, he will be your friend.
His website is here:
He blogs daily here:
The words won't stop coming.
Garrison Keillor, Theodore Dreiser, Timothy Tyson, Mark Twain, Thomas Wolfe, Woody Allen, Sylvia Boorstein, Kahlil Gibran, Dave Barry, Studs Terkle, John Updike, George Plimpton, William Saphire
Thanks for the comment on The Wall -- great seeing you here again after some time. Appreciate your read. Glad you found the edge in that piece. Looking forward to stopping in to read more of you here too...
Hi, Michael. Thanks for commenting on "Magritte." Happy holidays!
I dig your work! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on "The Third Poem of Xmas".
Michael--thanks for finding your way to Mapping the Territory. Must have been all that peyote :) [re the Casteneda comment, not your own habits, of course!]
Michael, thanks for favorable review of my trouble-making little tale "Sisters."
Thanks for commenting on "Prowl Car," Michael. "deco-noir" with a splash of literature!
Thanks for reading The Uninvited Guest--"mean as a snake" high praise coming from Mr. Mean--And also the interview. Maybe we can have a beer (or a couple'a shots) in St. Louis and fire off our Derringers!
Michael: Thank you so much for your very generous remarks on my piece for my mother on mother's day. How kind! I hope you are having a good week.
Thanks for the comments, Mike, on three shorts. Rock out.
Hey, Michael. Neurotic neighbors? You could always move.
Thanks, Michael, for your comment on the translator poem.
Thank you for your comment about the woodpile, Michael. Much appreciated.
Michael - thanks for the read (again) of Chalky/Classics. Enjoy your flashes also!
Michael, thanks so much for writing me about the Pushcart, I appreciate and hope you have a good holiday season!
Michael, Thanks so much for the invitation! What a great site. I really appreciate it. Take care, John
Thanks for the invite, sir.
Food stories. You do realize I might have to dust off Carnal Greens again? Why, I can smell Mrs. Hornsby's watermelons now, and those greens acrid as sin...
;-) Cool idea!
All right, I had to join the Food Writes group. There was no getting around it.
Thanks for link to chapbook, Michael. Really enjoyed reading it (I know "enjoyed" is not the right word, but I think you know what I mean.) Thanks for sharing it with me.
Jim Thompson's books scare me. For real. I mean I love them, but damn . . .
Yeah, who know there were so many criminally minded among us :)
Thanks for reading "Augustinian Prayer Sonnet." Glad you enjoyed it!
a really great style, which embodies such lyrical complexity!
Thanks for posting the Otto Penzler piece on noir in the noir forum. I will also never be able to open a pink donut box without just a wee bit of concern after reading your story in Yellow Mama.
Hi there, Michael. A belated thanks for the welcome. It's taken awhile, but I hope to now take advantage of being white-balled into this site.
Hey, Michael. I'm so glad you peed when you read my story:) haha.
Mike, that's a wonderful story you got into Gloom Cupboard
Hi Michael, thank you.
Hi Michael, welcome to Fictionaut and I have enjoyed reading some of your stories. I'm a fiction editor at jmww, and we have a group here if you care to join. Please feel free to do so.
Michael - thank you so much for your generous comment and the time I know it took to read my story/novellette/what have you. Very much appreciated!
Oooh, I see I have been invited to a rather exclusive club here today. Thanks for the invite Michael, I guess I have officially arrived. At what, I don't know. But who cares! I'm here, I'm here, I'm here!
Thank you for reading My Girlfriend's Birthday. Glad you liked it.
thank you! kind words from a master of the form - love your work!
yo, don't you already have two of my poems for the NOT? If NOT, let me know. I'd love to write something.
Hey Michael, feel free to post "Their Next" to the BULL group. Represent.
Hi Michael, thanks for reading and commenting on Eight States Away, I really appreciate both. foster.
Thanks for the comment on "For Later," Michael!
Yo! Thanks for the comments, Michael. Get ready for the remix...
Hey MJ, thanks for the invite and welcome. Cool digs here. Do you realize you are 4 years and 3 days OLDER than me. No wonder we mesh so well... Peace, Linda
Howdy Michael! thanks so much for the invite... this place looks like mucho fun...
And I see you are a fellow Taurus -- no wonder we get along so well! Off to poke around... Peace, Linda
Hiya, Michael! Joined up!
Hi, Michael. thank you for your kind words about my parrot story!
I am kind of excited and nervous. I posted my first offering ( a poem) on here today.
I'm an NYU-urban kinda gal through and through, but I did spend a lot of time nearby so perhaps a bit of elitist taint rubbed off on my sweater? I keep trying to wash it... sorry. I have no excuses for myself!
That's a great author list.
Michael in your honor I posted a ridiculous grinning avatar, just to prove I DO smile! :)
Hey! How are those tomatoes?
First, Solender has me drink the Kool-Aid and join his followers at the NOT. Then he lures me here with promises of lively company and sparkling conversation. I am heady, I tell you, HEADY, at the prospect. What does he REALLY want, this Pied Piper of a man who leads writers into his salon?
How is it I’ve not posted on your wall yet? I can be such a slacker. Anyway, thanks for your comments on my stories—here, at my blog, and other places around the internet. I’m always appreciative of your input and support!
You are welcome, Michael. Great piece.
Hey, another Minnesotan on the site! Thanks for the kind words about "Menage."
I'm glad to be here, Michael. Thank you for the welcome.
Shiny and sparkly are two of my very favorite words. Thanks so much for the nicey nice comments on "Nutrition".
Hey MJS, I can't believe I wasn't here already! Glad to be amongst all you talented people.
Woohoo: "It was in the next few moments I learned two things I did not know."
This is one of those I-have-to-read-it-out-loud sentences. Woohoo! It's a euphonic sentence with the perfect rhythm to it and deserves to be read out loud.
Welcome to the Prick of the Spindle group, Michael! Great to have you.
Yes AND Floppier, but then you I couldn't see where I was walking.