Join us for Fall Open House - Oct. 15 and Nov. 18
This event will feature programming for our undergraduate, graduate, and Threshold programs. A vibrant campus community and access to endless opportunities—Lesley has it all. It's where student cohorts become lifelong catalysts, solving for today's complexities with full hearts and open minds.

Michael Lowenthal

MFA in Creative Writing Faculty


To walk a fictional mile in someone else's fictional shoes, first you have to make that pair of shoes; it helps to know something about cobbling. After many years in the footwear trade, as it were, I'm happy to share with students anything I've learned about uppers and soles (or even, on a good day, maybe, souls).



Sex with Strangers (2021)
The Paternity Test (2012)
Charity Girl (2007)
Avoidance (2002)
The Same Embrace (1998) 

Work published in:

Ploughshares, Tin House, Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Witness, New York Times Magazine, Out Magazine, Best New American Voices 2005, Cooking and Stealing: A Tin House Nonfiction Reader, Lost Tribe: Jewish Fiction from the Edge, Bestial Noise: The Tin House Fiction Reader, Love & Sex: Ten Stories of Truth, Best American Gay Fiction.


Picador Guest Professorship for American Literature, Leipzig University, James Duggins Mid-Career Author Award; Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship; New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Fellowship; St. Botolph Club Foundation Fellowship; Fellowships to Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and Wesleyan Writers' Conference; residency at the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers; Pushcart Prize Special Mention (three times); Lambda Literary Award finalist (twice).

Past Affiliations

Boston College

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B.A., Dartmouth College, double major in English and Religion
Senior Fellowship, year-long independent novel-writing project supervised by Ernest Hebert