Michelle Brittan Rosado

Michelle Brittan Rosado (Poetry) | Los Angeles, CA

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Michelle Brittan Rosado is the author of Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, selected by Aimee Nezhukumatathil for the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry (University of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming 2018). Her chapbook, Theory on Falling into a Reef, was the winner of the inaugural Rick Campbell Prize (Anhinga Press, 2016). Her poems have been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Poet Lore, and The New Yorker, as well as the anthologies Time You Let Me In: 25 Poets Under 25, Only Light Can Do That: 100 Post-Election Poems, Stories, & Essays, and Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience. The recipient of awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, Center for Transpacific Studies, and Vermont Studio Center, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno, and is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing & Literature at the University of Southern California.


Why Can’t It Be Tenderness (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018). Felix Pollak Prize. Poetry.


  • Theory on Falling into a Reef (Anhinga Press, 2016). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press, & Reviews

“Strikes just the right, clear note to place in the register of memorable debuts. Rosado’s terrific new poems are salve and honey, even when the subjects of breaking and coming apart are at their beautiful core. Listen to the brilliant music of these pages.”
―Aimee Nezhukumatathil, contest judge

“Exhilarating, tactile poems―embodied, rich and full. Michelle Brittan Rosado is a visionary architect building and following interior maps within intricate landscapes, creating luminous revelation and deep calm. A book like this gives you your life back.”
―Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Voices in the Air

“The sense of a divided homeland―California and Malaysia―first splits then doubles the impassioned focus of these precisely crafted, complexly braided meditations on the self and family inheritance. Psychologically searing and yet always resonant with the world’s pleasures, these poems unfold as an album of belated and tender homecomings.”
―David St. John, author of The Last Troubadour: New and Selected Poems

“An intimate book that draws the world inside its discoveries, both ordinary and extraordinary. Each poem offers us miracles by which we persist beyond the surface of language itself. Luminous in craft and intelligence, here is an original voice that questions, and ultimately celebrates, the profound wonder of our survival.”
―Rachel Eliza Griffiths, author of Lighting the Shadow
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