Michael does not merely write about mountain life, he and his, wife Pam live it. On their farm in Buladean, they cultivate a large vegetable garden every year, buy beef from a local farmer, raise chickens, chop wood for the heating stove, and the cookstove - where Pam cooks, bakes and roasts turkeys for the fall holidays. Even though the Joslin children (Blanche, Dylan and Mitchell) are grown and living on their own, they often return to enjoy the beauty, simplicity, warmth, and bountiful table of home.
Michael received his Ph.D. in English Literature in 1977 from the University of South Carolina. He is a professor at Lees-McRae College where he joined the Humanities Division in 1989 and teaches writing, photography, and literature. Also he is the Director of the Stephenson Center for Appalachia.
Michael with Pam established the Appalachian Heritage Week at Lees-McRae that is celebrated annually in the spring. Pam is a Lees-McRae alumni and works in the Creative and Fine Arts Division of the college.
For 25 years, Michael Joslin has written for local newspapers and regional and national magazines, and has presented his photography in numerous exhibitions throughout Appalachia.