KarasMichele_Bio photoMichele Karas is a New York-based poet who was raised in the arid, wildflower-laced region of East County, San Diego. Her poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Northern Virginia Review,  Slice,  Narrative, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, THRUSH, AARP, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among other outlets. Karas holds a BA in Journalism from San Diego State University and an MFA in creative writing from CUNY City College of New York, where she was a  graduate editor of Promethean as well as a recipient of the 2016  Jerome Lowell Dejur Award for Poetry. Currently, Michele edits poetry for the online journal The Night Heron Barks and, in her work as messaging strategist, she develops marketing materials and branded content for a global television network.

Awards & Honors

Finalist, 92Y Rachel Wetzsteon Poetry Prize (2019),
selected by Shara Lessley
Single poem: “Fix”

Finalist, Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize (2018)
Ruminate magazine, judged by Ilya Kaminsky
Single poem: “Portable Saint Cento”

Acceptance, Sewanee Writers’ Conference (2018)
(Attendance postponed)

Acceptance, Squaw Valley Community of Writers (2017)

Winner, The Jerome Lowell Dejur Award in Creative Writing (2016)
The City College English Department Award
Poetry thesis: “The Universe is Made of Small Dead Things”

Finalist, Scotti Merrill Memorial Award (2016),
Key West Literary Seminar, selected by Billy Collins
Selection of poems

Scholarship, SUNY Southampton Writers Conference (2015)
Workshop with Vijay Seshadri (2015)

Scholarship, Slice Literary Conference (2015)

Winner, “Bridging the Gap” Nonfiction Award. (2015)
(Slice Literary Conference), judged by Folio Literary Management

Essay: “Daddy-Daughter Pas De Deux”

Scholarship, Slice Literary Conference (2014)

Winner,  “Bridging the Gap” Nonfiction Award (2014)
(Slice Literary Conference)
Essay: “Runaway Boy”

Winner, The Stark Poetry Award in Memory of Raymond Patterson
The City College English Department Award (2014)
Poems: “My Sister & I” and Others