Michael P Amram

Publisher info

I have been a published author since 2005. I first published a nonfiction book called, rhetorically, Would God Move a Ping-Pong Table? It is sub-titled “a cumulative analysis of faith and religion. No, I honestly do not think God would move a Ping-Pong table. But it was moved in 1988 in a dormitory at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and my Christian dorm mate still insists I attribute this act to my prayers to God.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota- Duluth with an English degree and a passion to write. I worked full time jobs and wrote on the weekends. I even kept a journal for a few years. In 1998, from a series of short stories based on experiences working at a health club, an obscure Canadian publication published “The Den of Antiquities” under the pen name M.B. Moshe.
I wrote. . .and I wrote. I filled 3.5 floppies with text; fiction and vast catalogues of poetry. I look back now and see how I got tighter (in writing). I see how my writing pecked for, and finally found that voice that is imperative. I am always improving (you judge), finding the voice that is me, but still observant of my audience and their accessibilities.
In 2011 I began writing about an incident I observed in a small local barber shop. An Orthodox Jewish man entered with his young son. He instructed the barber to take a little off the sides for his boy. From that happening, ideas surmounted, culminating into my first historical fiction novel, The Orthodoxy of Arrogance. I looked at some indie publishers and decided on one. The novel came on the market in January of 2013.
When I was a single man, I traveled. I’d go to Europe and the Mid-east brash and free. Sometimes I bit off more than I could chew. In the spring of 2013 I published Scenes the Writer Shows {forty-one places a poem can go}, many of which are based on those travels.
Now, at 50, I consider myself part of the comparatively small family of writers who follow only the direction of their muse. I have few commitments. For the foreseeable future, I have no intent of going back to the confines of a forty hour work week in the corporate game of drones. Slowly, with each publication, each tweet mentioned or morning haiku, I like to hope I am getting closer to not being.
I published a second novel and poetry collection in 2014. I am currently compiling a memoir about growing up in the midst of the DFL (Democratic Farmer Labor) during the pivotal years of efforts to end the Vietnam War. I also published my third poetry collection in July of 2015. My published and unpublished work can be viewed at www.michaelpaulamram.weebly.com.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Now that I consider it, growing up in then conservative Richfield, MN influenced my writing. Ours was a very politically liberal family in a neighborhood where most did not talk much about the Vietnam war. I think that atmosphere, that conditioning in contrast to apolitical friends or their parents, made me reach more for controversy. In both of my novels I delve into history of the time, the trends and politics. I think I try and use history as a soundboard for my characters. I am politically inclined, so they are. They can't change history, but it changes them.
When I was young, I watched history being made, changed in how the Vietnam War would play out. I had parents who were very inclined politically. They were among the members of the DFL (Democratic Farmer-Labor) Party who went against the Johnson-Humphrey administration to support Senator Eugene McCarthy for the Democratic nomination in 1968.
Much of my poetry is political at some point. I guess I like to stir pots and subtly point fingers in poems at bigots and hate mongers in the world. Yes, definitely the small, quiet first-ring suburb of Richfield in the early '70s flavored my writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Glad you asked. The book Growing up DFL: A Memoir of Minnesota Politics during the Vietnam War was a labor of love. It is dedicated to all those brave tenacious DFL (Democratic Farmer-Labor) Party members who risked their reputations as politicians to support Minnesota senator Eugene McCarthy as an anti-war candidate. My parents were among those who dissented within the Democratic Party to oppose the Johnson/Humphrey administration and support McCarthy for the 1968 Democratic nomination.
My manuscript began in 2013 and grew over the next year to detail the war, my parents efforts to end it, how the war affected me as a child, and how it affected us as a family. A project of my niece and her grandmother which produced a timeline of my mom's life got me thinking. For whatever value or interest it had, or would have, the time seemed right for the story to be told. One of my tools (the timeline) was right there, plying me to fill in the blanks. Many things had happened by coincidence to bring
my parents together, and I thought it was noteworthy for each of their stories to be told. It was a remarkable time to grow up, and ours was a remarkable house in which to grow. The late 1960s and early 1970s was full of pivot points and teachable moments for the nation to grow. It was an exciting time to be a kid, and my book is a testament to that.
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Where to buy in print

Scenes the Writer Shows {Forty-one Places a Poem can go}
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,930. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015 by Michael P Amram. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American, Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
Scenes the Writer Shows expresses my feelings through poetry. The poems tell and show where I have been, what I've seen, and how I saw people seeing me.
The Orthodoxy of Arrogance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 65,610. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015 by Michael P Amram. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Jewish
This is a story of the triumph of the human spirit. It follows a larger-than-life Jew from the perils of Nazi Germany to America. The Orthodoxy of Arrogance looks at the human condition, the strength and weaknesses of the human spirit.


When Monkey feel Rhythms
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,010. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2015. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » General
When Monkeys feel Rhythms explores relationships. My poems wade through veins of life, from marriage to technology. The first section, "Spatial relationships," suggest ways humans see or deal with the world.
Agent of Orange
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 121,480. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Historical
Corporal Chauncy T. McClarren is a Vietnam Veteran. His ten years of service as a marine is glibly worn on the sleeve of his dress uniform well into civilian life. He went to Vietnam years before the draft began with the sub-conscious hope of being a martyr. He is reluctant to admit this to his friend and even to himself.
Poems from Captain Salty's: Crumbles of Piecemeal Pie
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,080. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2015. Categories: Poetry » American poetry » African American
A quasi-autobiographical collection of poems, Captain Salty takes his poems from a treasure chest. He has spent his working life searching for clues, taking cues, trying to unlock the good and bad times he’s had. He is a sea captain looking back at a life lived piecemeal. His fifty poems throw coy lines at the trend of erotic poetry and prose. A few poems come to life in parodical masquerades of

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