Clancy McGilligan is the author of the novella History of an Executioner, winner of the Miami University Novella Prize and a Shirley Jackson Award finalist. His writing has appeared in Cimarron Review, Slice Magazine, Columbia Journal, Santa Monica Review, Sycamore Review, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, the Ploughshares blog, Kenyon Review, Kirkus Reviews and elsewhere.

Clancy completed a PhD in English and Creative Writing at Florida State University, where he was awarded the Legacy Fellowship, the Melissa and Daniel Berger Graduate Fellowship and the Miriam S. Bailey Graduate Fellowship. He previously served as the Reviews/Interviews Editor at Split Lip Magazine. He has received scholarships from the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference and the Slice Literary Writers’ Conference, and he has been a finalist for awards from Sycamore Review, the Tucson Festival of Books and the Key West Literary Seminar. Clancy grew up in Milwaukee and has worked as a journalist in the U.S. and abroad. He has also served as chief negotiator for a labor union, driven an ice cream truck, researched vocal fold dynamics, written grants for a refugee resettlement agency and built models at an architecture firm. He’s married to the poet Marianne Chan.