Michelle Blake is the author of three novels—The Tentmaker, Earth Has No Sorrow and The Book of Light (Putnam Penguin). In addition, she’s published poetry and essays in Tin House, The New York Times, Ploughshares, Southern Review, Solstice Literary Magazine, Mid-American Review, MORE Magazine, Mezzo Cammin and others. Her chapbook of poems, Into the Wide and Startling World, was awarded publication in the New Women’s Voices competition in 2012 (Finishing Line Press). In 2014, her collaborative project with photo-montage artist Fran Forman, Escape Artist, was published by Schiffer. Her essay “A Fable for Our Times” won the Solstice Nonfiction Award for 2015.
Blake was a Resident Writer at the Siena Arts Institute and also received residency grants from Vermont Studio Center and the Hambidge Center for the Arts. In addition, she taught writing at Goddard College, Stanford University and Tufts University and served as director of both the Goddard and the Warren Wilson MFA programs.