Just when the whole world has written off the city of Arkaic, Michigan, billionaire A. Olan puts up funds for a new university in an abandoned psychiatric hospital. There, strange engines turn human memories into electrical power.

Join students Samo, Monty, Ezzie, and Dunya as they study, work, flirt, explore, and battle powers of ancient evil. Will they survive their first year of college?


Hungry Rats, by Connor Coyne

“Rat Man, you out there?” you asked.

The Rat Man, a serial killer, is on the loose in Flint, Michigan, and nobody can stop him. Except you, Meredith Malady, a high-school girl with a dysfunctional family and a score to settle. Running away from home is the first step, but where will you stay? How will you survive? And what will you do when you meet the Rat Man face to face?



Two twins born to an ex-autoworker and a forest spirit seek their place in the world. An aging widower sets out on a journey through time and space to reunite with his wife. An eccentric billionaire destroys human civilization by causing the earth to rotate from north to south. In this collection of thirteen essays and short stories and thirty pieces of flash fiction, Flint-based author Connor Coyne explores the surreal, the macabre, and, above all, the poignant transience of life in a world that seems to change before our very eyes.

The whole collection is bookended by meditations on one of Flint and Michigan’s most enduring gifts to the larger world: the Flint-Style Coney Island. The title and cover are an homage to the Atlas Coney Island Restaurant, itself a longtime Flint institution. General Motors may not be making nearly as many cars there as it used to be, but there is no better place to eat encased meats topped with more meat. Atlas features selections written between 2006 and 2015.

Some selections have been previously published in journals including the Santa Clara Review, Moria Poetry Zine, the Moomers Journal of Moomers Studies, and elsewhere.


Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology (Belt Publishing, 2016) is Flint at its funniest, its weirdest, and its saddest. A collection of essays and personal narratives, the book, edited by Flint writer and Belt contributor Scott Atkinson, captures a confounding, contradictory city, proving that Flint is far more than the common narrative of an industrial town picking itself up after the big company that fed it left, or the site of a devastating public health crisis.

Happy Anyway delves into the lives and stories within the city — what it was like to be a child on the east side; how it feels to be a parent today, without clean water; who is able to truly lay claim to being “from Flint;” and what it means to finally leave — or to stay, even when bikes or jewelry or love keep disappearing.

Including work from Gordon Young, Jan Worth-Nelson, Connor Coyne, Layla Meillier, Andrew Morton, and many others.





Rightsizing Thanksgiving in the Rust Belt,” Belt Magazine (22 November, 2017)

I live in Flint. All the justice in the world won’t undo the damage done here,” Vox.com (15 June, 2017)

Village Life: Midnight run leads to handcuffs and a jolt about privilege,” East Village Magazine (6 January, 2017)

The Flint Water Crisis is not over,” Vox.com (21 December, 2016)

“The Problems with Breakfast,” Moomers Journal of Moomers Studies, 13 (December 2016)

Bathtime,” Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology and Belt Magezine (19 April, 2016)

Flint, Michigan’s water crisis: what the national media got wrong” Vox.com (20 January, 2016)

“My Life in the Gothic Funk Movement,” Moomers Journal of Moomers Studies, 11 (December 2015)

Flint After Emergency Manager Discussed,” East Village Magazine, 53, no. 3 (April 2015)

Spencer’s Art House prompts Carriage Town discord,” East Village Magazine, 53, no. 2 (March 2015)

Field Research with Connor Coyne,” Flint Expatriates (27 November 2014)

Ghost ship sails Gilkey Creek,” East Village Magazine, 52, no. 8 (August 2014)

Essay: Flint Needs Revenue Solution,” East Village Magazine, online (12 July 2014)

Essay: We are mysterious animals,” East Village Magazine, online (3 July 2014)

Untitled,” Coauthor with Desiree Duell, Mark’s Hat: Anthology of Experimental Writing from Flint, Michigan in 2014 A.D. (July 2014)

Central Park getting new LED streetlights,” East Village Magazine, 52, no. 6 (June 2014)

“How to Spend the Best Years of Your Life Inventing a Fictitious City in Eight Easy Steps,” Moomers Journal of Moomers Studies, 6 (May 2014)

Essay: Following the river to find my place,” East Village Magazine, online (24 March 2014)

“Central Park discusses lighting,” East Village Magazine, 52, no. 3 (March 2014)

My Remarkable Home, Its Beautiful People,” East Village Magazine, 52, no. 1 (January 2014)

“Orbituary,” Moomers Journal of Moomers Studies, 5 (December 2013)

“Group Discusses Blighted Houses,” East Village Magazine, 51, no. 7 (July 2013)

“Central Park Group Discusses Safety, Grants,” East Village Magazine, 51, no. 5 (May 2013)

Opinion: Some questions about Flint Farmers’ Market move,” East Village Magazine, 51, no. 4 (April 2013)

“Party,” Qua Literary and Fine Arts Magazine (U of M – Flint) (Fall 2011)

“Flint’s Illegal Occupation,” Broadside, 18 (2011)

“In Flint,” Broadside, 17 (2011)

OOOOO,” Moria Poetry Zine, 12, no. 3 (Winter 2010)

“The Babysitter,” Broadside, 10 (2010)

Dash Against Darkness,” Santa Clara Review, 96, no. 2 (Spring/Summer 2009)

Target store on target for fall 2010, despite lawsuit,” Chi·Town Daily News (Chicago, IL) (May 12, 2009)

“The Next Pressing Political Discussion,” Broadside, 1 (2009)

“Burroughs vs. Bergamot,” Saturnine Detractor, 2 no. 2 (2004)



Director, The Gothic Funk Press
Chicago, IL and Flint, MI 2010 – Present
Individual Projects:
Planning Committee, Flint Literary Festival (2017-Present)
Flint Teen Writers Workshop (2016-Present)
Paramanu Pentaquark (2015-Present)
Flint Order of Orpheus (2015-2017)
Flint Area Scavenger Hunt (2012, 2016)

Guest Artist, Flint Youth Theatre
Flint, MI 2012 – 2016

Artist-in-Residence, National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” Grant; Intersect 7
Flint, MI 2013

Cofounder / Coordinator, The Gothic Funk Nation
Chicago, IL 2004 – 2010

Editor-in-Chief, The Paramanu Pentaquark, The Gothic Funk Nation
Chicago, IL 2009 – 2010

Event Organizer, Tuesday Funk, The Gothic Funk Nation
Chicago, IL 2008 – 2010

Sponsor, National Address, The Gothic Funk Nation
Chicago, IL 2008 – 2010

Editorial Staff, LIT Magazine, the New School Literary Magazine
New York, NY 2006 – 2007

Writing Tutor, The New School, University Writing Center
New York, NY 2006

Judge, Team Captain, Participant, University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt, University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 1998 – 2005

Literary Assistant, The Ojai Playwrights Conference
Ojai, CA 2003 – 2004

Artistic Director, The Nocturnal Theater Company
Chicago, IL 2002 – 2004

Workshop Director, Wanderlust Arts Ensemble
Chicago, IL 2002

Director, Playwright, Actor, University Theater, University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 1997 – 2002

Student Mentor, University of Chicago
Chicago, IL 1999 – 2000

Director, The Black Box Underground
Flint, MI 1998 – 1999

Guest Artist Assistant, Flint Youth Theatre
Flint, MI 1997 – 1999

Tutor, Neighborhood Schools Program, Chicago Public Schools
Chicago, IL 1997 – 1998