Michelle Herman is the author of four novels – Missing, Dog, Devotion, and the forthcoming (fall 2021) Close-Up – and the novella collection A New and Glorious Life, as well as three essay collections – The Middle of EverythingStories We Tell Ourselves (longlisted for the 2014 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay), and Like A Song (winner of the 2016 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award) – and a book for children, A Girl’s Guide to Life. She has taught creative writing for many years at Ohio State, and since 2019 has written a parenting column for Slate.