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Michael Archer is an editor, writer, and educator.

He co-founded Guernica Magazine, was its editor-in-chief for fourteen years, and currently serves as the magazine’s editorial advisor and board president. Under Archer’s editorial leadership, Guernica published numerous “Best American Essays,” and won several prestigious awards, including AWP Small Press Award, acknowledging the magazine’s “contributions to the literary landscape,” and the Whiting Award, whose judges said, “Guernica has built an impressive record as a place for first-publication for important writers and thinkers.”

He was honored with the Pen/Nora Magid Award for Editing as a “magazine editor whose high literary standards and taste have, through his or her career, contributed significantly to the excellence of the publication he or she edits.” And twice served as a National Scholastic Essay Judge.

Archer edited the anthologies “Fractured: Finding the Female Fighter,” “Jafna House: Activist Reflections,” and two Guernica print editions, for which he also wrote the forwards. He was also the guest editor for Adi Magazine’s “Whiteness in Foreign Policy” issue.

For 15 years, Archer taught writing at the City College of New York, in both the MFA and undergrad programs. He was also the Nonfiction Writing Director for Beyond Identity, a scholar-activist training program. He has been a guest professor at Charles University, Prague, and the University of Nanjing, China, and led writing workshops for activists in Burma, Sri Lanka, and Costa Rica.

Archer has been a guest speaker at the writing programs of NYU, The New School, Brooklyn College, and Fordham University. Selected talks and panels include Gray Areas of Free Speech (with Mirza Waheed and Xiaolu Guo) and The Writers Bloc (with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Kamila Shamsie) at Free Word, London; Reporting on Trauma, UC Berkeley, Journalism Department, Ruin Pornography in Journalism, University of Leipzig; Getting Your Work Published (with Adriana Lopez and Michelle Herrera Mulligan), Comadres y Compadres Writers Conference; and Standing Before History: Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa, PEN World Voices Festival, closing remarks.

As a writer, Archer’s essays, commentary, reporting and fiction have appeared in Lit Hub, Bomb, Catapult, The Progressive, The New Yorker, Biography Magazine, Publishers Weekly, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Woman’s Day, Men’s Fitness, and Epiphany, among others.