Mike Lala is the author of Exit Theater (winner of the 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry, selected by Tyrone Williams) and several chapbooks, including In the Gun Cabinet (The Atlas Review, 2016) and Twenty-Four Exits: A Closet Drama (Present Tense Pamphlets, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2016). A poet, playwright, and sound artist, Lala has published in outlets including Boston Review, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, Jubilat, The Awl, the PEN Poetry Series, and VOLT, and presented his work across the United States and Canada, at the 92nd St. Y Unterberg Poetry Center (for Anne Carson's Tenth Muse), The Poetry Project, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at Pioneer Works' Second Sundays for Contemporary Temporary::Sound Works and Music. Scenes from a new opera called Oedipus in the District (for which Lala was the librettist) recently debuted at The Juilliard School, followed by National Sawdust in Brooklyn. He lives in New York.
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