Michelle Latiolais

Professor, English
School of Humanities

MFA Programs in Writing, English
School of Humanities

M.F.A., University of California, Irvine

M.A., University of Denver

Phone: (949) 824-3064
Fax: (949) 824-2916
Email: latiolai@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
309 Humanities Instructional Building
Mail Code: 2650
Irvine, CA 92697

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Creative Writing; Fiction; Contemporary Literature
Gold Medal, Commonwealth Club of California
Publications Widow
Bellevue Literary Press, 2011

Widow is a hymn to reverence, simultaneously heartbroken and celebratory. Michelle Latiolais has given us the rarest item, a splendidly articulated masterpiece.”
—William Kittredge

“In this luminous collection of stories, the gifted Michelle Latiolais writes of loss in all its surprising manifestations. Widow is a devastation and a wonder.”
—Christine Schutt

“There is something mysterious about this book, as there always is in the writing that matters most. It eludes explanation. It illumines terrifying realities. Only because these pages seem nakedly willing to take the imprint of every emotion, no matter how ugly, do they possess this great beauty.”
—Elizabeth Tallent
  A Proper Knowledge
Bellevue Literary Press, 2008

“In prose shimmering with intelligence and compassion, Michelle Latiolais dissects the essentials of everyday life to find the heartbeat within.”
—Alice Sebold

"Autism and grief acquire powerful and enigmatic reality as the reader turns the pages of A Proper Knowledge. To invoke one of its own metaphors, this novel is a refuge, not because it elides trauma or sorrow, but because it confronts them with gallant and unswerving clarity. A thousand things are noticed in this novel that you won't have seen in fiction before. Don't be fooled: for all the delicacy of its language this is a work of burning ferocity."
—Elizabeth Tallent

"An elegant and engaging novel of beauty and pain, and how one will often reveal the other. Precise, insightful, lovely."
—Aimee Bender

"The novel counts-in elegant and sometimes elegiac prose-the shadowy and elusive opportunities for redemption."
—Ron Carlson
  Even Now
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1990
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Last updated 07/26/2012