Michelle Moncayo is a first-generation poet in New Jersey, by way of Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. Her work explores diaspora, queer & immigrant identity, the natural world, and mental/physical illness.
She is a 2020 New Jersey State Council of the Arts fellow in Poetry. 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 and Winter Tangerine Summer Workshop. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Broadsided Press, Até Mais: An Anthology of Latinx Futurisms, Cosmonauts Avenue, No Tender Fences: An Anthology of Immigrant and First-Generation American American Poetry, Ninth Letter, Winter Tangerine Review, and Kweli Literary Journal, among others.
Michelle 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.
She is always down for a good sancocho.