Michele Filgate is an essayist, critic, and freelance writer. She teaches creative nonfiction for The Sackett Street Writers’ Workshop. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Tin House, The Rumpus, Salon,Buzzfeed, The Barnes & Noble Review, Poets & Writers, The Boston Globe, DAME Magazine, The Brooklyn Quarterly, Time Out New York, The Daily Beast, O, The Oprah Magazine, Vulture, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Capital New York, The Star Tribune, Bookslut, The Quarterly Conversation, The Brooklyn Rail, and other publications. For seven years she worked as an events coordinator at independent bookstores: first at RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth, NH; then at McNally Jackson in Manhattan; and finally at Community Bookstore in Brooklyn. Michele used to produce a segment for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric called “Assignment America” and occasionally produces literary segments for “Word of Mouth” on New Hampshire Public Radio. She lives in Brooklyn.