C. Michael Curtis has been an editor at The Atlantic since 1963. Under his direction, the magazine has won numerous fiction prizes, including the National Magazine Award for fiction.
"Writers crave the intelligence and ardor of this
magazine's editors and readership as well as the privilege of inclusion in
its pages," says best-selling author Louise Erdrich, who, like so many
young fiction writers, was introduced to national readership and
subsequent success in The Atlantic Monthly.
Under the direction of senior editor C. Michael Curtis, The Atlantic Monthly's fiction
has been nominated for a National Magazine Award virtually every year; in 1988
The Atlantic won this prestigious prize. Year after year short stories
from the magazine are chosen for inclusion in the important annual prize
collections. Curtis himself was the editor of American Stories: Fiction
From The Atlantic Monthly, which was published in 1990. A second volume
came out the following year, and 1992 saw the publication of Contemporary
New England Stories. A companion volume, Contemporary West Coast Stories,
was published in the fall of 1993. A fifth collection, entitled God: Stories, was published in December, 1998, by Houghton Mifflin, and a companion anthology, Faith: Stories, was published in 2003, also by Houghton Mifflin. His own essays, articles, reviews, and poems have been published in The Atlantic,The New Republic,National Review, and Sport, among other periodicals. Curtis is also renowned for his teaching: he has taught creative writing, ethics, grammar, and other subjects for more than thirty years at Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Tufts, Boston University, Bennington, and elsewhere, and now teaches writing at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC, where he occupies the John C. Cobb Chair in the Humanities.
Curtis earned a B.A. in English from Cornell in 1956. He came to The
Atlantic in 1963 after four years of study toward a Ph.D. in government,
also at Cornell. Previously he had worked as a reporter for The Ithaca
Journal, and as an editorial assistant at Newsweek. While he was a
graduate student, The Atlantic Monthly published three of his poems and
employed him briefly as a summer reader.