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Raised as a passionate reader, educated and trained as an English teacher and translator, I’m delighted and fortunate to live and work as a writer, a teacher, a translator.

My first novel, Fog Island Mountains (Tantor, 2014; Nuisse Press, 2018), won the 2013 Christopher Doheny Award from the Center for Fiction and Audible. Find more information about the novel here. 

My second novel, Unfurled, was published in Oct 2018 (Ig Publishing). You can order it on Indiebound (to support your local book store!) and also here.

I LOVE TRANSLATING. You can find a full list of my short fiction and novel-length translations on my translation page, but I’m pretty proud of Beauty on Earth and What if the Sun… by the renowned Swiss modernist C. F. Ramuz, both published by Skomlin Press in Australia and elsewhere, as well as Bullshit by Nicole Kranz and a series of prison letters and diaries between the great Claude Cahun and her partner Marcel Moore.

I’m currently translating the fascinating and massive biography of Red Cross Founder (and gloriously imperfect human) Henry Dunant by Corinne Chaponnière.

For complete lists of my publications, please see the other pages on this site.

I teach a small-group course on novel writing each year, if you are interested, please get in touch. In 2020-2021 the course will be offered in Lausanne but a smaller variant online as well.

If you are looking to hire me for commercial translation work, or as a copywriter, please find me here.

I work as the Translations Editor for Necessary Fiction. And with two other writers, Sara Johnson Allen and Laura McCune Poplin, I am a founder of and instructor at the L’ATELIER WRITERS WORKSHOP AND RETREAT.

You can read my short essay on reading, writing & translation here.

CONTACT

You can reach me at: michelle(dot)bailatjones(at)gmail(dot)com

For rights inquiries, please contact: Katie Grimm, Don Congdon Associates, Inc. kgrimm@doncongdon.com