Michelle Bowdler is a recipient of a 2017 Barbara Deming Memorial Award for non-fiction and has been a Fellow at Ragdale, and will attend MacDowell Colony this winter. She has been published in the New York Times and has two essays in We Rise to Resist: Voices from a New Era in Women’s Political Action (McFarland) . Her Essay: Eventually You Tell Your Kids was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her essay Babelogue is in consideration for Best of the Net Anthology 2018.
She is a GrubStreet Memoir Incubator Alum and spent a year shaping her memoir with guidance and inspiration from award winning author and instructor Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich.
She has worked in the public health field for years on issues of addiction, violence prevention, HIV education and prevention. She has been involved, as well, for over a decade working on social justice issues related to rape and crimes of violence. Currently, she has the pleasure and honor of working as Executive Director of Health & Wellness at a major university in Boston where her work involves efforts to provide excellent sexual assault prevention and treatment for students in addition to mental health and health care.
Bowdler is a graduate of Brandeis University, where she studied and fell in love with literature and writing, and of the Harvard School of Public Health, where she learned that so much of healthcare access and outcomes have a social and cultural component.
She is married to a wonderful woman and they have two awesome children.