Michelle Dowd

Michelle Dowd is a journalism professor and contributor to The New York TimesThe Los Angeles TimesThe AlpinistCatapult, and other national publications. Her popular Modern Love column in The New York Times inspired her memoir, Forager: Field Notes on Surviving a Family Cult, which showcases her life growing up on an isolated mountain in California as part of an apocalyptic cult, and how she found her way out of poverty and illness by drawing on the gifts of the wilderness.