Michelle Bowdler’s book, Is Rape a Crime? will be published by Flatiron Books in the summer of 2020, editor Bryn Clark. She is represented by agent Nicki Richesin of the Wendy Sherman Agency in New York.

Michelle is a recipient of a 2017 Barbara Deming Memorial Award for non-fiction and has been a Fellow at Ragdale and MacDowell Colony.  She has been published in the New York Times and in the anthologies The Anatomy of Silence (Red Press) and We Rise to Resist:  Voices from a New Era in Women’s Political Action (McFarland) .  Her essays: Eventually You Tell Your Kids and Babelogue were both nominated for Pushcart Prizes.

Michelle has worked in the public health field for years on issues of addiction, violence prevention, sexual health, 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.