Michael Collins was born in Limerick, Ireland. He is the author of ten works of fiction. His work has been translated into twenty languages.
His novel The Keepers of Truth was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the IMPAC Award. Other novels have won The Irish Novel of the Year, The Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Award, along with The Prix Littéraire Lucien Barrière. His short fiction has won the Pushcart Award for Best Fiction. He is the recipient of numerous New York Times Notable Book of the Year Awards.
Collins was a co-writer on the film Julia, starring Oscar-winning actress, Tilda Swinton which garnered numerous international film awards.
Collins is also an ultra-runner. As captain of the Irish National 100k Team, he earned a bronze medal at the 2010 World 100k Championships in Gibraltar. Notable wins include The Everest Marathon, The North Pole Marathon, The Antarctic Marathon and The Sahara Marathon. In 2019, Collins won the USATF Masters 15K Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He won the USA Virtual Nationals in the 5K, 10K and 12K in 2020.
Collins earned an athletic scholarship to The University of Notre Dame. He furthered his education at Oxford University and holds a doctorate degree in English.