Michelle Bailat-Jones is a writer and translator. She is the author of two novels, Unfurled (Oct 2018) and Fog Island Mountains (2014), winner of the Center for Fiction’s 2013 Christopher Doheny Prize.
Her translations include two novels by celebrated Swiss modernist Charles Ferdinand Ramuz: Beauty on Earth (Skomlin, 2013) and What if the Sun…? (Skomlin, 2016) along with shorter work by Julia Allard Daudet, Claude Cahun, Laure Mi-Hyun Croset, Timba Bema, Alexandre Correa, and Céline Cerny.
Her fiction, translations, poetry, and criticism have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Rumpus, Necessary Fiction, The Quarterly Conversation, Cerise Press, Two Serious Ladies and PANK.
She has an MFA from Emerson College, and works as a freelance writer, translator, and manuscript consultant. She is the Translations Editor for the webjournal Necessary Fiction, and a four-time judge for the Christopher Doheny Award at The Center for Fiction.
Michelle was born in Japan, grew up in the Pacific Northwest of the US, and now lives in Switzerland.