Michael Fedo


Duluth, Minnesota native Michael Fedo, is a graduate of University of Minnesota-Duluth and Kent State University, where he earned a Master's in broadcasting and theater. He performed for four years as part of folksinger/​comic duo, which was booked at college campuses, night clubs, and coffee houses throughout the Midwest.
He taught two years of English at Denfeld High School before leaving Duluth in 1964.

For the next 32 years, he taught courses in public speaking, broadcasting, and theater at colleges in Ohio, Wisconsin, New York, and Minnesota. During those decades, he published articles and essays in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, McCalls, Parade, Sports Afield, and Runner's World---where he was a contributing editor. He also published more than 50 short stories in magazines and literary quarterlies, including, The North American Review, American Way, America West Airlines Magazine, Weber, North Dakota Quarterly, Underground Voices, and December, among others. Several of Fedo's essays have been broadcast over Public Radio stations in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Florida.

Michael Fedo is the author of ten books, most recently---Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author, which was released in September, 2018 by Holy Cow! Press It's a memoir of his half-century writing career without a best-seller. It's both informative and humorous, with surprising insights and anecdotes about writers and editors. His previous book, Zenith City: Stories From Duluth (Minnesota University Press) is an essay collection about growing up in that city. His subjects vary widely and include: The Lynchings in Duluth, The Man From Lake Wobegon, One Shining Season, One Bad Dude, (coauthor with Ted Jefferson), Chronicles of Aunt Hilma, Indians in the Arborvitae, (a novel), Pocket Guide to Minnesota Place Names, and A Sawdust Heart, by Henry Wood, as told to Michael Fedo. He has also created a readers' theater script titled, Trial By Mob, adapted from his book, The Lynchings in Duluth, which was produced by the St. Cloud State University public radio station.

Selected Works

"This slender volume is an exercise in humor writing of a kind one rarely finds these days." Omaha World-Herald. From the beginning the book is chock full of laughs and chuckles, which I attribute to Fedo's gifted creativity in his use of words and word pictures." Star Astrologer Books 5 Stars "This book is non-stop laughs!" Huntress Reviews "(Fedo) has written a madcap honey." Dave Wood, syndicated book columnist "(Fedo) has a sharp eye for humor and parody. . . . He gives us a number of comical debacles, amnd some wonderfjul Dickensian caricature." Whistling Shade
"A memoir, with a smattering of local history, Fedo’s collection will engage any reader with his fond and frank reminiscences of family life combined with vivid recollections of his native Duluth as it once was and, in many ways, still is. Thoroughly enjoyable." -- Jim Heffernan, author of Cooler Near the Lake: Fifty-two Favorites from Thirty-four Years of Deadlines
by Henry Wood, as told to Michael Fedo
A glimpse into a forgotten era of popular entertainment.
The story of the June 15, 1920 lynching of three black men in Duluth, Minnesota.

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