Michelle Orange was born and raised in Lon­don, Ontario. After grad­u­at­ing from the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto (dou­ble major in Eng­lish and film) she worked as a pro­ducer in the edu­ca­tion and children’s divi­sions of TVOntario.

In 2003, she moved to New York City to join the grad­u­ate film stud­ies pro­gram at New York University. Michelle’s writ­ing has since appeared in Harper’sMcSweeney’s, The Nation, Book­fo­rum, the New York Times, the New YorkerSlate, Film Com­ment, Frieze, The Vil­lage Voice, and other pub­li­ca­tions. She is a con­tribut­ing edi­tor at the Vir­ginia Quar­terly Review, where she is also a columnist.

She is the edi­tor of From the Note­book: The Unwrit­ten Sto­ries of F. Scott Fitzger­ald, a col­lec­tion pub­lished in issue 22 of McSweeney’s. Her work appears in sev­eral antholo­gies, includ­ing Best Sex Writ­ing 2006 and Should I Go to Grad School? (Blooms­bury, 2014).

She is a fac­ulty men­tor in the grad­u­ate writ­ing pro­gram at Goucher Col­lege and an adjunct assis­tant pro­fes­sor of writ­ing at Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity. She has been an invited guest and speaker at var­i­ous insti­tu­tions, includ­ing Yale Uni­ver­sity, New York Uni­ver­sity, Goucher Col­lege, the Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Ontario, and the Uni­ver­sity of San Francisco.

This Is Run­ning for Your Life: Essays, pub­lished by Far­rar, Straus & Giroux in 2013,  was named a best book of the year by the New Yorker, the National Post, Fla­vor­wire, and other publications. 

Pure Flame, her sec­ond book, will be pub­lished by FSG in 2020.