Michael Pratt has been an assiduous reader since childhood, when he bought a used copy of Oscar Williams’ anthology Immortal Poems of the English Language on a whim. He earned his Ph.D. in Spanish literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then his legal degree from Temple University. He has worked both as a professor in the Department of Romance Languages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and as trial attorney in Philadelphia. His interests are wide and varied, from history and literature, both ancient and modern, to science and natural history (particularly the lives of birds). He has studied and lived for extended periods in Spain, Mexico, and Vietnam. He is currently immersed in the study of Chinese history and literature, with a particular emphasis on poetry.
- Ph.D – Spanish – University of Wisconsin- Madison,1994
- Master of Arts – Spanish – University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989
- Juris Doctor (JD) – Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2004