Michel Stone is a writer, speaker, educator, and community volunteer. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child (April 2017, Doubleday/Anchor) and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) have been compared to the writings of John Steinbeck and both books have been optioned for film. She is the 2018 recipient of the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature, and her novels have been favorably reviewed by The San Francisco Chronicle, The New Yorker, Charleston Magazine, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Charlotte Observer, The New York Journal of Books, Kirkus (starred review), Publishers Weekly (starred review) and many others. Stone has published numerous stories and essays, and she is a recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award. She’s a graduate of Clemson University with a Master’s Degree from Converse College, and she’s an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. She’s the immediate past board chair of the Hub City Writers Project and currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Wofford College. Michel is a Spartanburg Regional Fellow, a Liberty Fellow, and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and she has been awarded full fellowships to attend the Wildacres Writing Residency and the Rowland Writers Residency. She is at work on her third novel. Michel lives in Spartanburg, SC with her husband. They have three children.