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A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Michelle Dartis is an author, adjunct faculty member, blogger, freelance writer, and works in case management. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and three distinct graduate degrees in library science, higher education with a specialization in leadership for student success, and human and social services. Currently, she is a Ph. D. candidate in Human and Social Services with plans to graduate in May 2024.

Michelle is the recipient of various awards, including the Indiana Librarians Leading in Diversity MLS Fellowship Project and the American Library Association/Spectrum Institute REACH 21 Scholarship Initiative.  She has over thirty-five years of professional experience in mental health, developmental disabilities, sexual assault counseling, case management, and teaching.

Michelle’s debut novel, “This Ain’t That: An Erotic Novel” was published in September 2021 on and became a first-time children’s book author in December 2023 with “Trinity’s Earthly Arrival From Heaven.” Her books are available on her website at as well as on and Barnes &

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