Michelle Wildgen is a writer, editor, and teacher in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to being an executive editor at the literary journal Tin House, Michelle is the author of the novels Bread and Butter: A Novel (forthcoming from Doubleday), But Not For Long and You’re Not You (both available in paperback from Picador), and the editor of an anthology, Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast (Tin House Books). You’re Not You has been adapted for film, starring Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum.


Michelle’s nonfiction has included a weekly column on food television as well as individual essays on a wide range of topics: art therapy, American Girl doll Rebecca Rubin, Burt Reynolds’ 1970s fan mail, and obscure Wisconsin card games. She has also written about the craft of writing, fresh mozzarella, deer hunting for the neophyte, and the number of times one has to endure anaphylactic shock before giving up shellfish for good.


She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught fiction and nonfiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Tin House Winter and Summer Writers’ Workshops, and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. In 2013, she cofounded the Madison Writers’ Studio with novelist Susanna Daniel, offering a variety of writing workshops throughout the year.


Her fiction, book reviews, and essays have also appeared in publications including The New York TimesO, the Oprah Magazine, and anthologies such as Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer, Dirty Words, Best New American Voices 2004Best Food Writing 2004 and 2009Death by Pad Thai and Other Unforgettable Meals, and journals including StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.


Awards and honors include a scholarship to Bread Loaf, residency at the Hall Farm Center in Vermont, and the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing from Prairie Schooner.