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Michel Stone is a writer, speaker, educator, community volunteer, and former Teacher of the Year. Her critically acclaimed novels Border Child (Doubleday/Anchor, 2017) and The Iguana Tree (Hub City Press, 2012) have been compared to the writings of John Steinbeck, and both books have been optioned for film. She is the recipient of several writing residencies, the South Carolina Fiction Award, and the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature.She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Master's Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. She is the immediate past board chair of the Hub City Writers Project and has served on The Spartanburg Regional Foundation Board, The Clemson University Humanities Advancement Board, and as a Trustee of Spartanburg Day School. Michel is a Spartanburg Regional Fellow and serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Wofford College. She is a Fellow of the 12th class of the Liberty Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.