Michelle Hoover teaches writing at Grub Street and at Boston University, and her short fiction has been published in numerous collections and literary journals including Confrontation, the Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, and Best New American Voices. She has been a Bread Loaf Writer's Conference scholar and the Philip Roth Writer-in-Residence at Bucknell University, and a Pushcart Prize nominee. In 2005 she won the PEN/New England Discovery Award for Fiction. The Quickening received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, rare for a debut novel, and bestselling author Margot Livesey praised Hoover's first work as "such a fully realized, sensually vivid, psychologically intelligent novel that it's hard to believe it is a debut, but it is and a sparkling one." Her most recent teaching project, The Novel Incubator, is a competitive MFA-level course that involves intense, close-knit work on the potential novels of students.