- This is the article about the American fiction author. For the Canadian non-fiction author Michael Byers, please see Michael Byers .
is an American writer based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and of the University of Michigan Creative Writing MFA Program. His first book, The Coast of Good Intentions
, is a collection of short stories set in his native Pacific Northwest. His second book (and first novel), Long for this World
, is set in his hometown of Seattle, Washington, and tells the story of a geneticist facing an ethical dilemma that might lead to a cure for a fatal childhood disease. His third book, Percival's Planet, a novel about the discovery of Pluto in 1930, was published in August 2010.
Byers is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is married to the poet Susan Hutton.