Michael Lowenthal (born May 9, 1969) 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, 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.
Lowenthal grew up near Washington, D.C. 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; however, The New York Times reported that this statement earned him a standing ovation.
He was awarded the Jim Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelists' Prize by the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in 2009. In 2014/15 he was a Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany.
- The Same Embrace (Dutton, 1998)
- Avoidance (Graywolf Press, 2002)
- Charity Girl (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)
- The Paternity Test (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012)
- Lesley University > Creative Writing Faculty
- The Kenyon Review > Spring 1998, Volume XX Number 2 > Contents Archived 2008-08-27 at the Wayback Machine.
- Tin House > Issue 7, Summer 2001, Vol. 2 No. 4
- Esquire > February 20, 2007 > The War on Terror by Michael Lowenthal
- Houghton Mifflin > Author Page: Michael Lowenthal
- "Happy Days". The Dartmouth Review. 1997-10-15. Archived from the original on 2008-06-30.
- "Valedictorian at Dartmouth Cites College's New Diversity". The New York Times. 1990-06-11. (registration required).
- "Unsere bisherigen Gastprofessuren". picadorgastprofessur.de (in German). Retrieved 2017-03-29.