Michelle Herman is the author of four novels – Missing, Dog, Devotion, and the forthcoming (2022) Close-Up – and the novella collection A New and Glorious Life, as well as three essay collections – The Middle of Everything, Stories 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.
Her essays and short fiction have appeared in American Scholar, O, the Oprah Magazine, Creative Nonfiction, Conjunctions, The Southern Review, Story, and many other journals, and among her awards and honors are numerous individual artist’s fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Copernicus Foundation, the Donald L. Jordan Prize for Literary Excellence, and two major teaching awards – the University Distinguished Teaching Award and the Rodica Botoman Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring – from Ohio State, where she has taught since 1988 and was a founder of the MFA program in creative writing. She also founded and directs a graduate interdisciplinary program across the arts at OSU and is the executive and artistic director of an all-scholarship, in-residence summer writing program on campus for teenagers who live in Columbus, Ohio and attend Columbus City Schools.
A New Yorker by birth – and temperament – born in Brighton Beach and educated in New York City public schools and at Brooklyn College and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has lived for many years in Columbus with her husband, the painter Glen Holland. Their daughter, Grace, used to live there too, but now she is grown, and her mother dispenses parenting advice on Slate.
Find her on Goodreads
…and on Thought Catalog
and, with her longtime best friend Hula, performing as the duo Foreign Excellent.
Listen to The Harmony Project, a community choir of over 200 voices as well as an arts, education, and volunteer service organization in Columbus, Ohio – of which Michelle is a proud member. “Swing Low” and “Signed, Sealed & Delivered” recorded on December 2, 2014 at the Ohio Theater.