Poet and Interdisciplinary Artist
Michelle Moncayo is a first-generation poet in New Jersey, by way of Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Her work explores diaspora, identity, the natural world, and mental/physical illness.
She received her B.A. in English from Rutgers University where she received Honorable Mention for the Academy of American Poets’ Enid Dame Memorial Prize, and the Evelyn Hamilton Award.
Michelle has received fellowships and residencies from SPACE at Ryder Farm, Vermont Studio Center, Sundress Academy for the Arts, CantoMundo, and VONA/Voices of Our Nation. She is an alumna of Las Dos Brujas Writers' Workshop. Her work has appeared in No Tender Fences: An Anthology of Immigrant and First-Generation American American Poetry, Ninth Letter, Winter Tangerine Review, and Kweli Literary Journal, among others.
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