Surge: What will we become?
— from "Warning Report"
Photo: Shu

Photo: Shu


Michelle Whittaker is a West Indian-American poet, pianist, and university instructor whose interests include expository and creative writing pedagogy, music composition, 20th century American poetry, and eco-poetics. Michelle completed an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature at Stony Brook University-Southampton. Her poems have been published in the  The New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Upstreet, The Southampton Review, NarrativeVinyl PoetryLong Island Quarterly, Transitions Magazine for Hutchins Center and other publications. Her debut book, Surge, is available now from great weather for Media


She was awarded a Finalist Medal for the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Poetry, a 2017 NYFA Fellowship in Poetry, a Jody Donohue Poetry Prize, Cave Canem Fellowship for African American poetry, and a Pushcart Special Mention.