Next Letter in the Mail: Michele Filgate


Our next Letter in the Mail is from writer, editor, and teacher Michele Filgate! Michele sends us a photo-filled letter about taking long, soothing walks through cemeteries; the book that her beloved grandmother considered sacred above all others; and the hopefulness that can be found in amid the complicated grief of a global pandemic.

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Michele Filgate is a contributing editor at Literary Hub and the editor of a critically acclaimed anthology based on her Longreads essay, What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About. Currently, she is an MFA student at NYU, where she is the recipient of the Stein Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Longreads, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Paris Review Daily, Tin House, Gulf Coast, and many other publications.


Photograph of Michele Filgate by Sylvie Rosokoff.