Michael Steinberg is New York native, has taught writing and creative writing for over twenty-five years at universities, has directed national writing workshops and conferences, and has been a contest judge for the Annie Dillard Award in Creative Nonfiction. He is the founding editor of Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, an award-winning journal of creative nonfiction, as well as the editor of Peninsula: Essays and Memoirs from Michigan. Steinberg's own essays and memoirs have won several national awards: A FOREWORD MAGAZINE 2003 Gold Medal for his memoir, STILL PITCHING; two pieces have been cited as Notable Essays in Best American Essays (1995 and 1999), and one in Best American Sports Writing (1995). Four others have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Steinberg has written reviews for The New York Times Sunday Book Review, as well as many feature magazine articles for national and regional magazines. From 1974-1976, he wrote a bimonthly column for the Detroit Free Press Magazine.