Michael Adam Carroll

Author and Critic


Michael is a member of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) and the Association of Writers and Writing Program (AWP). He’s published critical essays, book reviews, academic work on literature, and poetry. He’s currently writing his debut novel and has forthcoming essays. He is passionate about fiction and focuses on immigration, culture, and diverse voices. See below for samples.


Go Forth: Devi S. Laskar’s The Atlas of Reds and Blues (Believer Magazine online, August 2019)

This Land is My Land, Not Yours (on In the Distance by Hernán Díaz) (Ploughshares March, 2019)

Four Women’s Voices Reshaping Asian and Asian-American Immigrant Stories (Los Angeles Review of Books December, 2018)

Living in Multiple Worlds: Immigration in Lucky Boy and The House of Broken Dreams (Ploughshares April, 2018)


The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Plougshares September, 2019)

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (Ploughshares August, 2019)

Building Alternative Communities: On Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans (LA Review Books March, 2019)

Complicate the Border: Octavio Solis’s Retablos (The Millions October, 2018)

Deconstructing Myths and Male Influence in Fruit of the Drunken Tree (The Millions July, 2018)

The Bourgeois: Between History and Literature, by Franco Moretti (Romance Quarterly 61.4, 2014 pp. 279-80)

Baroness Orczy’s The Scarlet Pimpernel: A Publishing History, by Sally Dugan (Rocky Mountain Review 67.2, 2013 pp. 158-60)

In the Pursuit of Honor: Three Social Deaths in Fortunata y Jacinta (Tropos 37, 2013, pp. 100-17)

Clío y la mágica peñola: Historia y novela (1885-1912), by Francisco Caudet (Anales Galdosianos 47, 2012 pp. 101-2)

Approaches to Teaching Dickens’s Bleak House, eds. John O. Jordan and Gordon Bigelow (64.1, 2010 pp. 96-8)

PHD Thesis

Realist Strategies: The Function of the Child in Novels by Galdós (2014)


Fósforo 6, 2009
-La institución
-Buenas nuevas

Fósforo 3, 2006
-Mi patria
-Oda a Federico García Lorca
-Mi celeste

Fósforo 2, 2005
-Latiendo sin sentido