Michelle Bitting holds an MFA in poetry from Pacific University, Oregon and is the author of two full-length poetry collections. Her has work published in The American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Narrative, Nimrod, Rattle, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, Passages North, Linebreak, The L.A. Weekly, and others.
In 2007, Thomas Lux chose Michelle Bitting’s full-length manuscript, Good Friday Kiss, as the winner of the DeNovo First Book Award, and C & R Press published it in 2008. Her 2012 book, Notes to the Beloved, won the Sacramento Poetry Center Award. She has also been the recipient of the Beyond Baroque Foundation Award, Rock & Sling Virginia Brendemuehl Award, and Glimmer Train Poetry Open. Bitting has taught poetry in the UCLA Extension Writers Program, at Twin Towers prison with a grant from Poets & Writers Magazine, and is proud to be an active California Poet in the Schools. Visit her online at www.michellebitting.com.
Michelle Bitting performed on June 21st, 2012