Clancy McGilligan grew up in Milwaukee and has worked as a journalist in the U.S. and abroad. His novella History of an Executioner won the 2019 Novella Prize from Miami University Press and will be published in January 2020. His fiction and journalism have appeared or are forthcoming in publications such as Cimarron Review, Slice Magazine, Columbia Journal, Santa Monica Review, Sycamore Review, Wigleaf, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor and Film International. He’s written reviews for the Ploughshares blog, Pleiades Book Review and Kirkus Reviews, and he’s received scholarships from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference.

Clancy is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English and Creative Writing at Florida State University, where he's been awarded the Legacy Fellowship, the Melissa and Daniel Berger Graduate Fellowship and the Miriam S. Bailey Graduate Fellowship. He serves as the Reviews + Interviews Editor at Split Lip Magazine. He's working on a novel and a collection of stories.