Michael Teig was born in 1968 and raised in western Pennsylvania.
He holds a BA in English from Oberlin College and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
His first book, Big Back Yard (BOA Editions, 2003), was selected by Stephen Dobyns to receive the inaugural A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize.
He is a founding editor of jubilat, a twice-yearly international poetry journal. Teig currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he works as a freelance writer and editor.