Michelle Bonczek Evory

img_3105.jpgMichelle Bonczek Evory is the author of The Ghosts of Lost Animals, winner of the 2018 Barry Spacks Prize (Gunpowder Press, forthcoming); The Art of the Nipple (Orange Monkey Publishing); Before Fort Clatsop (Finishing Line P); A Roadside Attempt at Attraction (Kalamazoo Friends of Poetry); and a book on craft, Naming the Unnameable: An Approach to Poetry for New Generations (Open SUNY Press). Her poem “Entering the Body” appears in the 2013 Best New Poets anthology and her poetry has been published in over eighty literary journals and magazines, including cream city review, Green Mountains Review, Margie, New York Quarterly, Orion, and The Progressive. Her manuscript Through the Skin of This World was shortlisted for the Anthony Hecht Award through the Waywiser Press and her manuscript Where I Turn Bad was a semi-finalist for both the Miller Williams and Lexi Rudnitsky Awards.  The Ghosts of Lost Animals was a finalist for the New American Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of the Sherwin W. Howard Award through Weber Contemporary West, the Jane Kenyon Award for poetry through Water~Stone Review, and The Consequence Prize through Consequences Magazine, and a grant from the Kalamazoo Arts Council. Her poem “Chilson Founder’s Day Harvest Festival” was  Highly Commended by the Sentinel Literary Movement in London. In 2015, she and her husband poet Rob Evory were the innaugural Artists in Residence for the National Parks Arts Foundation at Gettysburg National Military Park. You can read an interview with Michelle and Rob about their experiences in Gettysburg at The Seminary Explores.

She has worked as an editor and reader for poetry publishers Eastern Washington University, Lost Horse Press, and New Issues Press, as well as the literary journals Third Coast, Willow Springs, and Redactions:Poetry & Poetics which she co-founded in 2002. In addition to the literary side of publishing, she has also worked as a freelance editor for the McGraw-Hill Companies.

Michelle received a PhD in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University, and an MA from State University of New York at Brockport. She has taught creative writing at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Spokane Valley Community College, and The Corbin Arts Center in Spokane, WA. She was an Assistant Professor of English at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania for two years, and a Visting Professor at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Currently she teaches literature and writing at Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo Community College.

Read and listen to INTERVIEWS with her:

Apercus Quarterly Issue 5.2: “Where We Actually Live: An Interview with Michelle Bonczek Evory.”

The Seminary Explores: “New Words, Old War: Artists-in-Residence on the Gettysburg Battlefield” (with Rob Evory)

Stateside with Cynthia Canty (Michigan Public Radio): “Michigan poets will 

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be first “artists-in-residence” at Gettysburg”

Read some BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS in Orion Magazine: “Recommended Reading from Michelle Bonczek”

Some of her POETRY can be found at the following:

Apercus Quarterly Issue 5.2: “The Vanishing”; “In Hidatsa,” Yaquina Bay, and Darkness,” On Attraction,” “The Perfect Mate,” “Artery” (recordings)

Architrave Press: “Honeymoon”

Barnstorm: “Dear Neighbor” (recording)

Best Poems.net: “Four Corners”; “19-19”

Best New Poets: “Entering the Body” 

Blue Mountains Arts: “Storm”

The Coachella Review: “Lake Affected”

Colonus Publishing: 8 poems, 2016 Colonus Publishing Award Recipient

Connotation Press: “Separation in the Form of Fall,” “Return,” “Wooded Road,  Lake Superior”, “In Hidatsa”

Cumberland River Review: “Resistance” and “Elegy for Dawn”

DMQ Review: “Gush”

Josephine Quarterly: “Rumination”

Minnesota Review: “Transubstantiation”

Mother Milk Books: “Evening Falls”

Orion Magazine: “Before Fort Clatsop” (recording)

Orion Magazine: “Advection, Nova Scotia”

pacific REVIEW: “The Day Milton Proposed to Elia”

Poetry Kanto: “The Call,” “Landscape,” Last Minute Text Message to HD Thoreau on Cabin Retreat 2012,” and “The First Ship”

Prompt Literary Journal: “Explaining Passion to the Minute Hand” and “Encounter”

Revolver: “Salvation”

Sentinal Literary Quarterly: “Chilson Founder’s Day Harvest Festival”

Slipstream: “The Hitchhiker”

Swamp Ape Review: “The World is a Book” and “Obsession”

Sweet: “I Dreamed of You Again,”

Town Creek Poetry: “Meriwether Lewis on Attraction.”

Theatre Cloud (Originally appearred in Consequences Magazine): “Aria”

Verse Daily: “Hunger”

Weber Contemporary West: “Driftwood” and “The Boulders at Lolo Hot Springs”; “Final Hike” and “Milk”


Word Basket: “Today’s Best Future Poets” by Kevin N. Nenstiel