K. Mikey Borgard is an author, educator, and Ph.D. student at the University of Missouri. He specializes in terrorism literature, including novels about mass-casualty incidents, the recruitment materials of terror groups, and manifestos written by violent perpetrators. Mikey's own writing is a distinct blend of lyricism and observational awareness, and he has a particular fondness for fragmented, unflinching realism. He has been recognized as a Ridgel Fellow and has won several awards in his career, including the Mani Iyer Grant for Disabled Writers and the Tremblay-Crow Fellowship. Mikey's first personal essay, "Constellation of Grace" (Fourth Genre, 2019), was shortlisted for the Steinberg Essay Prize and nominated for a Pushcart.
Mikey grew up in Downers Grove, I.L. in a multiracial family and moved to Boston, M.A. when he turned eighteen. In 2013, he sustained injuries in the Marathon bombings. Much of his writing stems from his experiences as a disabled and nonconforming/nonbinary survivor of domestic terrorism.