Michelle Y. Burke is a poet, professor, environmentalist, and mother. She is the author of the poetry collection Animal Purpose, winner of the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize, and the poetry chapbook Horse Loquela, winner of the Red Mountain Review Chapbook Series Award. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Hopkins Review, Lake Effect, and other publications. She’s received poetry prizes from the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, and the American Literary Review, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center. Her poetry has been featured on The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, Best of the Net, and Poetry Out Loud.
She is an assistant professor of writing and humanities at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, and has worked on organic and sustainable farms throughout the Midwest and Northeast. She lives in New York City with her husband, the writer Douglas Watson, and their two children.
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