Michael Ivory Jr. is a writer of essays and fiction born in Miami Lakes but raised all over Miami. He is currently pursuing an MFA at North Carolina State University, where he is working on a novel-length speculative fiction project set in Miami after climate disaster has torn the city in two. His fiction concerns the everyday magic of survival, and while at times sobering, seeks to also inspire beauty and a love of fun. His fiction is forthcoming, and he has essays featured in Duke Magazine and the Elie Wiesel Essay Contest in Ethics. He also has a short audio-play featured in the Artist Soapbox podcast.