Michelle M. Tokarczyk has published two books of poetry Bronx Migrations and The House I’m Running From. Her work has also been published in journals and anthologies, including: Oyster River Pages, The Skinny Poetry Journal, Masque & Spectacle, the minnesota review, The Literary Review, Earth’s Daughters, Calling Home: An Anthology of Working-Class Women’s Writing, and For a Living: The Poetry of Work.
In addition to the 2021 nomination for a Pushcart Prize by Evening Street Press & Review, in 2021 Michelle Tokarczyk was nominated for a Best of the Net Prize by Oyster River Pages. Her manuscript Bronx Migrations was a semi-finalist for the 2015 University of Arkansas Miller Williams Poetry Prize.
Michelle Tokarczyk was born and raised in New York City in a working-class family. She attended city and state universities and eventually earned a doctorate in English and American Literature at SUNY, Stony Brook. For many years she taught literature and writing at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland while commuting to New York City on weekends and breaks. In 2018 she retired and moved to New York City full-time with her husband and cat. She devotes her days to writing, studying Spanish, and volunteering with the Hudson Guild Theater. Michelle Tokarczyk enjoys movies, theater, bike rides, swimming, and reading good poetry.
Michelle M Tokarczyk was nominated for the 2021 Pushcart prize for her poem “Farewell To My Bicycle 1997-2019” Evening Street Review # 29 page 74