- Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing - Fiction, New York University, 2014
 - Grand prize winner of the Jacob Zilber Prize for Short Fiction in 2018
 - Language Engagement Project Ambassador Faculty Supervisor


Michael Mendonez is a graduate of the New York University fiction MFA program. He spent the following years writing and teaching Intensive English in the Jiangsu province of China. He is now based in New Jersey where he teaches writing for international students at Rutgers University and is currently working on his first novel. “The Baptism of Alleluia Gomez” is Michael’s debut short fiction piece. It is the starting point of his novel-in-progress and is an homage to his family’s home country, the Philippines--a world passed down to him through sayings, tastes, and traditions. Michael is deeply concerned with the experience of immigration and the effects of globalism and marginalization. In both his his classroom and his writing, he hopes to inspire conversations of empowerment and change.