Michelle Regalado Deatrick
After receiving a BA from Wesleyan and a Masters from Harvard, Michelle was working on her doctoral dissertation--a statistical analysis of aid flows to less developed countries--at Stanford when she began to dream of writing instead. She then worked as a technical writer and editor and began writing fiction and poetry, eventually earning an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, where she received the Colby Fellowship, Hopwood Awards in Fiction and Poetry, the Bain-Swigget Prize for poetry, and a Graduate Classics translation prize. Michelle also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya (teaching secondary school), and worked as a secretary, a community college English instructor, vice president of a (very) small technical company, and a writer of civil service exams.
Michelle lives with her husband and children on an 80-acre farm in southeast Michigan, where she cares for a large organic garden, an orchard, and a 20-acre native prairie surrounded by stands of native trees. An activist for the environment and small farm rights, she teaches poetry workshops for the University of Michigan's Lifelong Learning Institute and is at work on poetry, a short story collection set in East Africa, and a novel set in Michigan, Silicon Valley, and Iraq. Recently, she began a campaign for Washtenaw County Commissioner.
Michelle's poetry and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Southern Poetry Review, American Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Copper Nickel, Best New American Voices, and elsewhere. She's also the Winner of the 2012 Chautauqua Poetry Contest, and received Third Place in the Women's National Book Association 2015 Poetry Contest and Second Runner-Up in the Boulevard Emerging Poets' Contest.
A Finalist for both the 2014 Rita Dove Poetry Award and the 2015 James Wright Poetry Contest, Michelle has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
© Michelle Regalado Deatrick 2011-2016