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Michael Wolfe was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, educated at Wesleyan University (Classics, 1968), and lives in Northern California. He is the author of ten books of poetry, fiction, and travel. He has been a fellow at Bread Loaf Writers Conference and a guest at the MacDowell Colony. He held the Amy Lowell Traveling Poets Scholarship for three years while living in North and West Africa. In the 1970s and 1980s he owned and ran a bookstore and a book bindery and edited and published Tombouctou Books, Bolinas, CA, including titles by Paul Bowles, Mohammed Mrabet, Jim Carroll, Dale Herd, Steve Emerson, Bobbie Louise Hawkins, Lucia Berlin, Bill Berkson, Duncan McNaughton, Clark Coolidge, and many others.

He is currently Executive Producer and President of Unity Productions Foundation, a nonprofit media company that produces documentary films.

For more information,
See Biography page on this site,
See Wikipedia,
See Who’s Who in America, 60th Edition; and Online Edition.


Publication History


Cut These Words into My Stone: Ancient Greek Epitaphs. Johns Hopkins U. Press. 2013
Greek to Me. Verse.Blue Press, 2012.
Paradise: Reading Notes. Verse. Blue Press, 2010.
Taking Back Islam: American Muslims Reclaim their Faith. Essays. 120 pages, Rodale Press, 2003.
One Thousand Roads to Mecca: Ten Centuries of Travelers Writing about the Muslim Pilgrimage. Travel. 620 pages, Grove Press, 1997.
The Hadj: An American’s Pilgrimage to Mecca. Travel. 331 pages, Atlantic Monthly Press, New York, 1993.
Invisible Weapons. Stories. 177 pages, Creative Arts, 1986.
In Morocco. Travel writing, Sombre Reptiles, Berkeley Ca, 1980
No, You Wore Red. Verse, Tombouctou, Bolinas CA, 1980
How Love Gets Around. Verse, Soft Press, Vancouver, B.C., 1976
World Your Own. Verse, Calliope Press, Vermont, 1974

Some Books by Michael Wolfe

Translation, Poetry
A selection of 125 Greek epitaphs translated into English and introduced by Michael Wolfe, with a Foreword by Richard P. Martin. Johns Hopkins University Press. "A wonderful book!" Kay Ryan. "His translations of the Greek epitaphs are simply stunning." Richard Wilbur. Widely reviewed in Classics journals and in: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2013/04/codeunknown-reading-writing/ Arts Fuse: http://artsfuse.org/79947/fuse-poetry-review-lapidary-ends-cut-these-words-into-my-stone/
Travel Writing Anthology: 2016 Expanded Edition
“…an exemplary job of detailing the ceremonies performed at Mecca and the reasons behind them. The (twenty-five) chosen excerpts give the reader a sense of how the hajj has changed over time as well as how constant the central ceremonies have remained. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.” Library Journal (STARRED review) “A tradition of Muslim writing aimed at the insiders and out.” The Boston Globe. In Quality Paper and E-book formats
Nonfiction Travel Narrative
“It requires a special sensitivity to write well about the Hadj…Michael Wolfe’s tone is exactly right.” The Times Literary Supplement. In Quality Paper and E-book formats

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