Colonus Publishing Poetry Prize

Colonus Publishing proudly announces Michelle Bonczek Evory as the winner of the Colonus Publishing Poetry Prize for 2016. Michelle is our second poet in a landscape in the grand tradition of Gilbert Highet’s book Poets in a Landscape that celebrated the connection of the character and personalities of the greatest Roman poets to place and nature. We at Colonus proudly salute Michelle Bonczek Evory, who can not only capture the landscape of the executioner’s chamber, but also that of time itself through Meriwether Lewis’s telling of a burial mound. Please click on the following link to read Michelle’s award winning poems.


In 2013, Michelle’s poetry was featured in the Best New Poets anthology. In 2015, Michelle and her husband, the poet Rob Evory, were the inaugural Artists in Residence at Gettysburg National Military Park.

She has worked as an editor and reader for poetry publishers Eastern Washington University Press, Lost Horse Press, and New Issues Press, as well as the literary journals Third Coast, Willow Springs, and Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, which she co-founded in 2002. In addition to the literary side of publishing, she has also worked as a freelance editor for the McGraw-Hill Companies.

Michelle received a PhD in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University, and an MA from State University of New York at Brockport. She has taught creative writing and literature at Western Michigan University, environmental writing at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and environmental literature at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, NY. For two years she was an Assistant Professor of English at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and currently teaches literature at Western Michigan University. Michelle is the author of The Art of the Nipple published by Orange Monkey Publishing in 2013 and she has authored the textbook Naming the Unnameable: An Approach to Poetry for New Generations soon to be released by Open SUNY Press.