About: Michelle Arch

Michelle Rene Arch is a writer, scholar, and editor. She is a graduate of Chapman University, where she completed a Master of Arts degree in English in May 2013 and an MFA in Creative Writing in January 2015. In May 2015, she received the Tom Massey Award for Outstanding Dual Degree Student at Chapman's Kugelman Humanities Awards Ceremony. She also holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and English from California State University. In January 2017, she commenced her doctoral studies in British and American literature with a concentration in neuroscience at Claremont Graduate University. Her current research revolves around madness and other psychopathological conditions in nineteenth-century fiction and poetry. She is also on an editorial team tasked with updating the 1986 Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature by James D. Hart. Other projects include a portfolio of critical essays, short stories, nonfiction columns, and poems, as well as her debut novel. Michelle has presented her work at the 2010 and 2011 Sigma Tau Delta International English Conventions in St. Louis and Pittsburgh; the Sigma Tau Delta 2011 Regional Conference in Orange, California; and the 2012 John Fowles Literary Forum and the Big Orange Book Festival at Chapman University. In November 2016, she presented a Bakhtinian analysis of Gertrude Stein's "Ida" at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference in Pasadena. Her nonfiction articles appear regularly on various websites and in the Orange County Register, and she is a guest blogger for the online arts journal TreeHouse. She is the recipient of three awards for fiction writing and will be seeking representation for her novel in 2020. Michelle is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs; Modern Language Association; Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association; Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers; American Literature Association; North American Conference on British Studies; Nineteenth Century Studies Association; and North American Victorian Studies Association. She can be contacted directly at michelle.arch@cgu.edu.

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