KarasMichele_Bio photoMichele Karas is a New York-based poet and writer with roots in Southern California. 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 the Promethean Journal and a recipient of the 2016  Jerome Lowell Dejur Award. As a messaging strategist, she’s developed marketing materials and branded content establishing the position of major media companies in the marketplace.

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