About

Michelle is a queer writer of (very) short and (fairly) long fiction. A believer in the magical mundane, much of her work careens into the surreal and fabulist. Her flash fiction has appeared in a few literary journals and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently on submission with a novel about oddball musicians, the ’90s, mental illness, queer identity, and falling in love—all topics very close to her heart. Excerpts of her second novel were workshopped at the 2022 Tin House Winter Workshop, and a standalone chapter was recently announced as the winner of the Kenyon Review’s 2022 short fiction contest.

Born and raised in the United States Southwest, Michelle stuck around into her twenties and attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English. Michelle enjoys climbing mountains, tending to her garden, and attending live shows. If you let her, she will happily talk your ear off about most ’90s indie artists/bands, and godspeed should you ever bring up Neutral Milk Hotel in casual conversation.

She lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner, tortoiseshell cat, and a menagerie of musical instruments (all of whom have names).

Michelle is represented by Ronald Gerber @ Lowenstein Associates.

and out in the dark the world is still rolling
kids in their cars, cigarette smoking
and all that they are just reeks with the sweetest belief

neutral milk hotel (“where you’ll find me now”)