Michael Lowenthal is an American fiction writer, author of four novels, most recently The Paternity Test, (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012). Currently an instructor of creative writing at Lesley University,[1] he has been the recipient of fellowships from the Bread Loaf and Wesleyan writers' conferences, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, and the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers. His short stories have appeared in literary journals and magazines including The Kenyon Review, Tin House, and Esquire.[2][3][4]

Lowenthal grew up near Washington, D.C.[5] and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1990 as a class valedictorian. During his speech, he revealed that he was Dartmouth's first openly gay valedictorian. The Dartmouth Review said that he singlehandedly ruined the graduation ceremony;[6] however, The New York Times reported that this statement earned him a standing ovation.[7]

He was awarded the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize by the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in 2009.