Mike Levine is an independent editor of books, essays, short stories, and poetry. At Northwestern University Press, where he was an acquisitions editor for nine years, he published fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, and scholarly titles. Among his authors were novelists Thomas Rayfiel, Kathleen Hill, and Ludmila Ulitskaya; poets A. E. Stallings, Rachel Hadas, and Amit Majmudar; playwrights Stephen Karam, Lydia R. Diamond, and David Ives; scholars Annette Insdorf and Brian Boyd; and novelist Jen Beagin and playwright Clare Barron, both winners of a 2017 Whiting Award. In 2015, he was named to New City's Lit 50: Who Really Books in Chicago. He has participated in editors’ panels at the Sewanee Writers Conference, the Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, AWP, and other conferences. Since 2000, he has taught literature and film seminars in several continuing education programs. He also reads scripts for Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Mike earned a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and a PhD in English from Rice University.