Michael Adams, formerly the long-time graduate adviser and associate director of the MCW, is the Director of the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship Program of the University and the Texas Institute of Letters. He is the author of short stories, essays, novels (Blind Man’s Bluff; Anniversaries in the Blood), and a college textbook, The Writer’s Mind: Making Writing Make Sense. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he has been elected to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. A former member of the Texas State Bar Plain-Language Committee, he has conducted legal writing seminars for the U.T. School of Law, worked with the Fifth Circuit Appellate Practice and Advocacy Seminar, and consulted on legal writing for corporations and distinguished law firms. He is a columnist for the Fifth Circuit Reporter, writing on all aspects of language.