Michelle Naka

Michelle Naka
mnpierce@naropa.edu | 303-245-4808

Professor | Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics Dean
Core Faculty


BA in Creative Writing and Literature
Core Curriculum Requirements
MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics


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 four chapbooks and four full-length books, including 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 has performed her work internationally, most recently in France and in Japan. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Japanese, and Hebrew. She teaches avant-garde poetry, pedagogy, and cross-genre writing; oversees the Naropa Writing Center; and directs the Jack Kerouac School. Born in Japan, Pierce is currently working on a project that discusses representation and otherness in film.