Michael J. Bugeja was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. He received his B. A. from St. Peter's College, M. S. from South Dakota State University and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. Bugeja has worked for United Press International and has taught journalism at the university level. He teaches magazine writing and ethics at Ohio University at Athens, Ohio. He is a columnist for Writer's Digest and has published several collections of poetry, including Flight From Valhalla and Platonic Love, as well as books on writing, such as Guide to Writing Magazine Nonfiction, Living Ethics, The Art and Craft of Poetry and Poet's Guide. Bugeja has been a recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Fiction and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in Culture. In 1997, he was named honorary chancellor of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.