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Mike Lambert ’68, M’69 Writes Fiction in Retirement

Executive director emeritus of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, Mike Lambert ’68, M’69 describes himself as a struggling writer of fiction since his 2013 retirement.

In those four years, he has published three stories—two in Military Experience & the Arts publications and another in Flash Fiction Magazine. He has also self-published two works: autobiography That’s Sorta What Happened (2015) and A Yank in Cambridge (2017), a journal detailing his adventures during a 1984 sabbatical spent at the International Summer School of the University of Cambridge in England.

“I was 37 at the time and had the time of my life studying English and History in 700-year-old classrooms, going to concerts in cathedrals, punting on the River Cam, attending plays in gardens, and hobnobbing with newfound friends from all over in a beautiful setting,” Mike said.

“I lived in a suite of rooms at a college, learned to drink G&Ts without ice, and rediscovered the joy of poetry, best read under a spreading chestnut tree in the village of Granchester, where Rupert Brook had his rooms as a Cambridge student before World War I.”

Mike is an IUP distinguished military graduate and a 1998 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. He and his wife, artist Carol Kofmehl Lambert ’68, live in West Virginia and have three grown sons.

A letter from Mike also appears in Fall/Winter 2017 edition of the magazine.

Short Stories by Michael Lambert

  • My Name Is Megan,” Flash Fiction Magazine, July 2016
  • Last Dance,” Military Experience & the Arts, Fall 2015
  • First Patrol,” The Blue Falcon Review, Vol. 1, Military Experience & the Arts, 2013