Michel Stone is a writer, speaker, educator, and community volunteer. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child (April 2017, Doubleday/Anchor) and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) have been compared to the writings of John Steinbeck and both books have been optioned for film. She is a recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Award and the 2018 recipient of the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature. Stone has published numerous stories and essays and her novels have been favorably reviewed by The San Francisco Chronicle, The New Yorker, Charleston Magazine, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Charlotte Observer, The New York Journal of Books, Texas Observer, Charleston Magazine, Kirkus (starred review), Publishers Weekly (starred review), Booklist, and many others. She's a graduate of Clemson University with a Master's Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. She's the immediate past board chair of the Hub City Writers Project and has served on The Spartanburg Regional Foundation Board, The Clemson University Humanities Advancement Board, and as a Trustee of Spartanburg Day School. She currently serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Wofford College. She has received residencies to the Wildacres Residency Program and the Rowland Writers Retreat. Michel is a Spartanburg Regional Fellow, a Liberty Fellow, and a Fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She lives in Spartanburg, SC where she’s at work on her third novel. Her first name is pronounced like Michelle (people always ask!)



Michel Stone on the hard work of finding a common humanity




Upstate international selected The Iguana Tree for its Community Read 2015. Watch the interview conducted by Deryle Hope, Ed. D., Director, Center for International Studies, USC Upstate, conducted on the campus of Clemson University.



Watch the interview conducted by Rita Van Zandt at the Blue Ridge Book Festival, 2013.