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 YorkerSlateTin House, 4 Columns, 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 VQR’s 2019 win­ner of the Staige D. Black­ford Prize for nonfiction.

She is the edi­tor of From the Note­book: The Unwrit­ten Sto­ries of F. Scott Fitzger­ald, a col­lec­tion pub­lished in issue 22 of McSweeney’s fea­tur­ing sto­ries by Sigrid Nunez, Miriam Toews, Lydia Mil­let, and many more. Her work appears in sev­eral antholo­gies, includ­ing Best Sex Writ­ing 2006 and Should I Go to Grad School? (Blooms­bury, 2014), and Best Cana­dian Essays 2020.

She teaches in the grad­u­ate writ­ing pro­grams at Goucher Col­lege and Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity, and 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 of non­fic­tion, was pub­lished by FSG in June, 2021. 

She lives in Brooklyn.