Michael Yates grew up in the factory town of Ford City, Pennsylvania. He has lived in many parts of the United States, longest in Ford City, Johnstown, and Pittsburgh, all in Pennsylvania. These days, he move around a lot, keeping his possessions few and his resources liquid. He is married to Karen Korenoski of Dunlo, Pennsylvania. They have four adult children and one grandchild. He hopes that he has been a good spouse and father and will be a good grandfather.
Michael has had a number of jobs and has been working since he was twelve. His longest-lasting job by far has been that of teacher. He has been a college teacher for forty-five years. He is currently an editor and a writer, though without a pension and social security, it would be very difficult to be either. He hopes that after he dies, when Karen and the kids think of him, they smile.