from Northern Ireland, in 1996 Michael Stephens joined the faculty of Johnson & Wales University's Charleston Campus where he earned the First Year
Teacher Award. He is an advisor to students in the Writing Center and the coordinator of the English faculty at the Charlotte Campus.
Stephens has taught a variety of composition and literature classes at Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo and from 2001 to 2005 he was music column editor at PopMatters.com. He is also a regular contributor to several online music, arts and politics publications.