Mica Racine, Midwestern son, earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia College Chicago, a BA in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Advertising from Sioux Falls College, and attended Marquette University Law School.
He currently teaches fiction writing and film classes at Columbia College Chicago, literary appreciation classes at the Illinois Institute of Art, and creative writing and film classes at the International Academy of Design and Technology—all in Chicago's Loop. As a member of the AmeriCorps program, he taught and supervised after-school programs for Atlanta Public Schools.
Work outside of the classroom includes award-winning design and layout contributions to Columbia College Chicago's annual lit anthology Hair Trigger, as well as the fiction writing department's F Magazine. In addition, he served as fiction editor for bowwow, a Chicago-based zine that was recognized with a Writer's Digest small press publishing award.
His writing and photography have been featured in Pigeon, Sleepwalk, Hair Trigger, The Atlanta Citizen, Chicago Life, and for four years he was a regular contributor of fiction and nonfiction to South Dakota Public Radio. His parody of Nikolai Gogol's "The Nose" was given a first place award for experimental fiction in college magazines by the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association.
At the institutions he teaches at, Racine has been nominated four times for recognition as educator of the year, and in 2002 he was recognized as Educator of the Year at IADT, Chicago.
A native of Wisconsin, Mica now lives just outside Chicago with his wife, son, daughter, and Eva, their little calico cat. In his spare time he likes to read, fix things, drink coffee, and play guitar.