Michael Hemery is the author of two books, So We Go: The Day My Father Died, a memoir about his father’s final day alive after his battle with ALS, and No Permanent Scars, a nonfiction short-story collection. He has also been published in Drunken Boat, The Los Angeles Review, Lumina, New Plains Review, Passages North, The Portland Review, Post Road Magazine, Redivider, Slice, sub-TERRAIN, The Tusculum Review, and the book Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir.

Hemery, who earned his MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, is a high school English teacher. He also served as the nonfiction editor for Hunger Mountain. He resides in the Cleveland area with his family.

Learn more about Mike at his website: www.michaelhemery.com.




Many accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for ALS, but the real challenge of Lou Gehrig’s Disease begins the moment you or someone you love is diagnosed with this terminal illness. Michael Hemery’s memoir follows his father’s last day alive, interwoven with stories of his childhood and his father’s two-year decline. So We Go not only delves into the world of ALS, euthanasia and the medical community’s abandonment, but also offers a narrative of hope—and even laughter—as the Hemerys rally around their beloved husband, father, and grandfather. So We Go: The Day My Father Died is a story of relentless optimism in the face of certain death.


Hardcover | ISBN 978-1-944193-65-2 | 290 Pages
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement