Michele Karas


Canaan, NY
New York US

Author's Bio

Michele Karas is a New York-based writer with roots in Southern California. Her poems and creative nonfiction have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Northern Virginia Review, Narrative, San Diego Poetry Annual: Best Poems of 2019, and elsewhere. A Community of Writers poetry alumna, Karas holds degrees from San Diego State University and CUNY: The City College of New York, where she was the 2016 recipient of the The Jerome Lowell Dejur Award in Creative Writing. As an editor, she has curated poems for Promethean and The Night Heron Barks and currently writes brand messaging for a global television network.

Publications & Prizes

San Diego Poetry Annual: Best Poems of San Diego (San Diego Poets Press, 2019)
The Americas Poetry Anthology (Artepoética Press, 2015)
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Tinderbox Poetry Journal
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The Jerome Lowell Dejur Award in Creative Writing, CCNY (2016)
Two-time SLICE “Bridging the Gap” Nonfiction Award (2015 and 2014)
The Stark Poetry Award, CCNY (2014)

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Frank O’Hara Mark Strand Rita Dove Mary Ruefle Louise Glück Sylvia Plath Diane Seuss W. S. Merwin
What I'm reading now: 
Glitter City by Bonnie Jill Emanuel, Sliver by Rowan Richardo Phillips, Took House by Lauren Camp, Fieldglass by Catherine Pond, Whale Fall by David Baker

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Born in: 
Chicago, IL
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San Diego, CA
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Last update: Mar 22, 2024