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Michelle Brafman is the author of the novel Washing the Dead and linked short story collection Bertrand Court. More than 160 organizations have invited her to speak about her books and the creative process. She has taught fiction and memoir writing courses at the George Washington University, and in 2019, she won the Johns Hopkins MA in Writing program Award for Teaching Excellence. A participating author with the PEN/Faulkner Writer in Schools program, she teaches pro bono and private college essay workshops throughout the Washington D.C. area. For the past fourteen years, she’s been leading a monthly poetry, memoir, and fiction workshop for writers in search of community, prompts, and deadlines.

Michelle’s essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Slate, LitHub, Tablet, The Nervous Breakdown, the minnesota review, Washingtonian Magazine, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and many other journals and anthologies. She has received numerous honors for her fiction including a Special Mention in the XXIV Pushcart Prize Anthology, and her debut novel was listed in Book Riot’s 100 must-read books about women and religion. Her website is

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