Michael Gardner is a writer who lives in Antwerp, Belgium. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from Saint Mary's College of California, studying with Marilyn Abildskov, Wesley Gibson, and Anthony Swofford.
He is a frequent collaborator with the Axel Vervoordt Company and author of several Vervoordt books, produced in partnership with Flammarion. These titles include: Living with Light, At Home with May Vervoordt: Recipes for Every Season, Axel Vervoordt: Stories and Reflections, and Portraits of Interiors.
He specializes in narrative nonfiction, storytelling, ghostwriting, and is an avid reader. He has extensive experience with creative content, primarily as a copywriter, photography and video producer, project manager, casting, business development, and branding strategy. As a photo studio manager, he worked for global brands such as Nike, Kipling, Samsonite, and Schawk.
His essays have appeared in various American literary journals, such as the Seneca Review and Sonora Review. His essay, "The Competitive Lives of Gay Twins" was published in the anthology, From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write about Growing Up (Carroll & Graf, 2006), which was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Anthology.
In addition to a Pushcart Prize nomination, his work has received recognition as a finalist for the New Letters Best Essay Award (2006), and a Nonfiction Award from the Guild Literary Complex in Chicago (2006). His freelance articles have been published in fashion and lifestyle magazines and various art catalogs.
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, he has lived in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Hull, England, and Nagoya, Japan.
Michael Gardner and Boris Vervoordt photographed at home by Jean-François Jaussaud for the book, For Art's Sake, by Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian.
Living In: Modern Masterpieces of Residential Architecture
essay: "Searching for Time's Traditions" (Gestalten and Openhouse, 2020)
Portraits of Interiors
Living with Light
At Home with May Vervoordt: Recipes for Every Season
From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up
essay: "The Competitive Lives of Gay Twins"
Seneca Review, essay: "Kekkon Suru"
Sonora Review, essay: "When It Was You"
Openhouse, issues 13 and 14
articles: "Axel Vervoordt: How the Story of a Style Evolves", "Memory and Modernism: Villa Cavrois", and "Bijoy Jain: The Art of Consideration"
Scholarships and Awards
michael (at) michaeljamesgardner.com