Writing Center Director Colleen Michaels Nominated for the Pushcart Prize

December 6, 2023

Michaels received the prestigious nomination for her poem “Origin Story: Athena After Being Told She’s Her Father’s Daughter” published in the Santa Fe Literary Review (SFLR). The poem was nominated alongside five

 other pieces published in SFLR this year, and marks Michaels’ first opportunity at the prestigious prize. The whole issue, (including Michaels’ poem) is readable here.

Every year the Pushcart Prize honors poetry, fiction, and essays that have been published by America’s small and independent presses throughout the year. Since the award was established in 1976, winners have included writers who have gone on to have huge names in the literary world, like Anne Carson and Raymond Carver.

“Origin Story: Athena…” can also be found in the Michaels’ new collection of poetry, Olympus Heights, which she co-wrote with fellow poet and wrote Kevin Carey. Olympus extends the premise also seen in “Origin Story;” that the ancient Greek gods make up all the hard-to-please residents of a gated community.

If you’re as excited to read Colleen’s next Pushcart nominated piece as we are, you can stay up to date at her website.