Author Archives: Michelle Hoover

About Michelle Hoover

Michelle Hoover leads the GrubStreet Novel Incubator program and coordinates the Massachusetts Book Awards beginning with their 20th year anniversary. She is a 2014 NEA Fellow and has been a Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University, a MacDowell Fellow, and a winner of the PEN/New England Discovery Award. Her debut, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award "Must Read" and a finalist for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. Her second novel, Bottomland, was the 2017 All Iowa Reads selection and a 2016 Mass Book "Must Read." She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston. For more, go to

How to Write in an Age of Anxiety

Yeah, I know. For those whose work lives aren’t considered “vital” during the pandemic (and why are there so many of us?), there’s plenty out there telling you how to buckle down and get work done at home—and some of…