Michelle Naka Pierce

mnpierce@naropa.edu | 303-245-4808

Professor | Naropa Writing Center director
Core Faculty


MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics - Core Faculty
BA in Creative Writing and Literature - Core Faculty
MFA in Creative Writing (Low-Res) - Core Faculty


MFA, Naropa University
MA, University of New Mexico, with Distinction
BA, University of New Mexico

Award winning poet Michelle Naka Pierce is the author of nine titles, including four full-length books: TRI/VIA (Erudite Fangs/PUB LUSH, 2003) co-authored with Veronica Corpuz, Beloved Integer (Bootstrap/PUB LUSH, 2007), She, A Blueprint (BlazeVOX, 2011) with art by Sue Hammond West, and Continuous Frieze Bordering Red (Fordham, 2012), awarded the Poets Out Loud Editor's Prize. Pierce has collaborated with artists, dancers, and filmmakers and performed her work internationally, most recently in the UK, France, and Japan. From 2011–2015, Pierce served as the dean of the Kerouac School; presently, presently, she directs the Naropa Writing Center and Core Writing Seminars. She teaches avant-garde poetry, pedagogy, and cross-genre writing. Born in Japan, Pierce is currently working on an erasure/recovery project surrounding “estranged citizenship.”

  		Naka Pierce