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Erika Michael

b. 1937

Current City, State, Country

Woodway, Washington, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Vienna, Austria


Erika Michael was born in Vienna, Austria, emmigrating to New York with her parents in November, 1939, to escape Nazi persecution. She attended The High School of Music and Art in New York where she grew up and afterwards pursued degrees in the visual arts, receiving her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Washington. She has taught at Trinity University, San Antonio, Oregon State in Corvallis, and the University of Puget Sound.

Michael has participated in extensive poetry workshops with Carolyn Forché, the late Thomas Lux, Linda Gregerson, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Tim Siebles, Major Jackson, and Jeffrey Levine. Her work has appeared in Poetica Magazine, Cascade, Drash: Northwest Mosaic, Mizmor l’David Anthology, Bracken Magazine, The Winter Anthology, The Institute for Advanced Study Letter, Belletrist Magazine, The Dewdrop, Aletheia Literary Quarterly, and elsewhere. In 2019 she was awarded first prize in the Ekphrastic Poetry Competition at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. She reads her work at various venues around the Pacific Northwest and enjoys accompanying a local band on the djembe.

Published Works

Letting Gravity Speak (forthcoming; Finishing Line Press, 2023)

Links to Sample Works


BFA  Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
MA  Art History, Hunter College, CUNY
PhD  Art History (Northern European Renaissance, Holbein Studies), University of Washington, Seattle

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