Akron Soul Train is an artist residency program connecting and empowering the community and artists by granting fellowships that provide resources for all creative disciplines to foster a more vibrant downtown Akron.

Michael Credico is a short fiction writer living in Cleveland, Ohio.  He was awarded a residency with Akron Soul Train in November and used his time to continue his work on his second book.  He describes it as “a speculative-fabulist-comic novel about the evaporation of the most famous American bodies of water, including the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River, the Colorado River, etc.”  Credico focuses specifically on a character based in Summit County who has an Ernest Angley personna and uses his water tower to lure people to his compound.

Michael Credico received an MFA in Fiction from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program in 2015. Michael Credico is the author of Heartland Calamitous, which was longlisted for the 2021 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection.  His short fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, The Collagist, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Hobart, New Ohio Review, NOÖ Journal, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, and many others. In 2018, He received an Individual Excellence Award in Literature from the Ohio Arts Council.

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