Department of English

Mike Bendzela

Adjunct Faculty of English
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Office Location

200 Bailey Hall, Gorham



Academic Degrees

  • M.A., English, State University of New York - Binghamton, 1985
  • Certificate in Creative Writing, State University of New York - Binghamton, 1985
  • B.A., English, University of Toledo, 1983


Mike Bendzela has taught writing and literature at USM since 1989. He received a BA in
English from the University of Toledo in 1983, and an MA in English, with a certificate in
Creative Writing, from SUNY-Binghamton in 1985. In the 1990s, Mike published short
fiction in several small journals, and received a Pushcart Prize for a short story in 1992. His
current writing projects include an unpublished collection of evolutionary fables and
parables, and several creative non-fiction pieces about Darwinian themes in farming and
everyday life. He lives on a small farm with his husband, Don Essman, a USM graduate in
Industrial Arts Education (1976). They take care of a one-acre heritage apple orchard and
are co-owners of a small vegetable CSA, Dow Farm Enterprise.