In the early 1990's The New York Times called Michael Joyce's hypertext novel afternoon "the granddaddy of hypertext fictions," while The Toronto Globe and Mail said that it "is to the hypertext interactive novel what the Gutenberg bible is to publishing," and Der TAZ in Berlin called him "Der Homer der Hypertexte." "afternoon" has been anthologized in the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Fiction and translated into various languages. He since has published numerous hypertext fictions on the web and on disk, including "On the Birthday of the Stranger" in the inaugural edition of Evergreen Review online, as well as the fictions Twilight, A Symphony, and Twelve Blue.
His most recent print novel, Foucault, in Winter, in the Linnaeus Garden was published by Starcherone in 2015. Another novel, Twentieth Century Man, was published by Seismicity in 2014. His first novel, The War Outside Ireland, won the Great Lakes New Writers Award. In recent years he has been collaborating in multimedia work with LA visual artist Alexandra Grant and also had poems and translations published in Agni, Beloit Poetry Journal, FENCE, FOLLY (LA), Gastronomica, nor/, The Iowa Review, Metamorphoses, New Letters, Notre Dame Review, Parthenon West, Spoon River Review, New Review, OR (Otis Review) The Common and THE SHOp (Cork). His book-length sequence of poems, Paris Views, was published by BlazeVOX in 2012.
His collaborative multimedia work includes Lost Hills Hokku, (2009) text for paintings and video by Alexandra Grant's one woman show, "Bodies," at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles September 2010; and The Ladder Series, (2007) text for four paintings by Alexandra Grant for "Focus" one-woman show, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles. With the Venezuelan video artist Anita Pantin, Canadian composer Bruce Pennycook, and choreographer José Bustamante, he wrote the libretto for Canzoni di morte " a trial mix," University of Texas, Austin, 2004. Another text, "Joyce in Berlin," a Hörspiel (voice play) for Osmotic Minds: Berlin Alexanderplatz 5.0, an augmented reality fiction by Stefan Schemat, Hilmar Schmundt, Michael Joyce, and Isabella Bordoni won Honorable Mention at Ars Electronica, 1999.
He lives along the Hudson River near Poughkeepsie where he is Professor of English and Media Studies at Vassar College.