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b. 1987, Lubbock, TX. Lives and works in New York.

lalamichael [at] gmail [dot] com.


M.F.A. Creative Writing/Poetry (thesis advisor Yusef Komunyakaa), New York University

B.A. English/Creative Writing (thesis advisor Diane Wakoski), Michigan State University


• Exit Theater. 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry, selected by Tyrone Williams (Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State Univ.), Ft. Collins, CO


• In the Gun Cabinet. TAR Chapbook Series, Brooklyn, NY
• Twenty-Four Exits (A Closet Drama). Present Tense Pamphlets, in conjunction with “A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s” and the “Performed in the Present Tense” symposium, The Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston, IL

• [fire!]. [sic] Detroit, Detroit, MI (2nd. ed 2012)

• Under the Westward Night. Knickerbocker Circus Publishing, New York, NY

Selected Journals 

• from "Points of Return," BathHouse

• “Song / Little Myth (Catullus 65),” Denver Quarterly
• “If Nothing Else, Pleasure (Catullus 76),” Denver Quarterly
• from “In the Gun Cabinet,” Brooklyn Poets
• from “In the Gun Cabinet,” Medium
• from Points of Return: The World Killer, The Offing

• “Say Goodbye / To the Shores (Catullus 101),” Boston Review
• “Lydia,” Jubilat
• from “In the Gun Cabinet,” Omniverse
• “As Her Myriad Aggressors (Poem Returning to a Line Spoken by Ophelia),” Prelude
• “As His Myriad Objections (Poem Returning to a Line Spoken by Brutus),” Prelude
• from “In the Gun Cabinet,” Prelude (print)
• “Spiral Peel,” Lit Hub
• “A Brief Text on Tardiness,” The Atlas Review

• from “In the Gun Cabinet,” Colorado Review
• from “In the Gun Cabinet,” VOLT
• from “In the Gun Cabinet,” [Pank]
• from “In the Gun Cabinet,” the PEN Poetry Series
• from “In the Gun Cabinet,” Everyday Genius
• “[the small room],” Sundog Lit

• 4 from “Portraits of the Artists as Their Own Subjects,” The Brooklyn Rail
• “Untitled (Poem for a Blockbuster),” Artifice
• “Untitled (Poem for Sleep),” Rhino
• “After Cy Twombly’s The Fire that Consumes All Before It…,” Fence
• from “In the Gun Cabinet,” Symbolic Castration (Installation by Jonathan Rajewski, Detroit, MI, 2013)

• Untitled (Poem for Allyson), Underwater New York
• “Impermanence,” L-Train “Notwork” Pirate Wi-Fi
• Untitled (Poem for a Monument), HTMLGiant
• from [fire!]La Fovea
• “Object/Narrative in Monochrome,” Sink Review
• from “Portraits of the Artists as Their Own Subjects,” No, Dear
• Untitled (Selenite) Broadside, Parallax
• “Untitled (Poem for the New),” Explosion-Proof
• from “Portraits of the Artists as Their Own Subjects,” DIAGRAM
• from “Portraits of the Artists as Their Own Subjects,” The Awl
• “Self-Interrogation (Kill Team),” Paperbag

• “Precipitate,” GQ Italy
• Untitled (“I Am a Natural Blunder”), I Am a Natural Wonder
• “Silk & Wool,” 1441

• 2 Poems, Low Log

• 2 Poems, The Offbeat
• “Untitled,” Red Cedar Review


Selected Editorial

• Poetry ReviewerPublishers Weekly, New York, NY

• Poetry Editor and Assistant Poetry EditorWashington Square Review
      • “Writers Block: Voices from Macomb Correctional Facility, MI” (fall 2014)

• Assistant Editor, Greenline Publishing Consultants, New York, NY
• Freelance Editor, New York, NY

• Blood and Pudding. Katelan Foisy. Knickerbocker Circus Publishing
• Assistant Editor, Budget Travel, New York, NY
• Editor and Administrative Assistant, Green Eagle Press, New York, NY

Selected Curatorial

• Co-FounderCurator, Fireside Follies Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY

• Events Assistant, Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, New York University, New York, NY

• Fiction/Poetry Curator, Recession Art Bookstore, New York, NY
     • Flash/Bang Readings, CULTUREfix, New York, NY

• Fireside Follies: Yr Friday Nite (multi-genre performance), Brooklyn, NY
• 1441 Bushwick Bookswap (benefit for Books through Bars and the Occupy Wall Street People’s Library), NY, NY
• NYC “L-Train Notwork” Wi-Fi, New York, NY

• Numu Arts Collective, New York, NY
• The Den Readings, Northeast Kingdom, Brooklyn, NY
• The Midnight Special, Brooklyn, NY
• 7&7, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Teaching

• Visiting Workshop Facilitator, Writers Block, Macomb Correctional Facility, Detroit, MI

• Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow, NYU, New York, NY

• ESL Teacher, New York General Consulting, New York, NY

• Creative Writing Workshop Facilitator, Michigan State Univ. Writing Center, East Lansing, MI


Selected Readings & Performances

Exit Theater Northern Tour

  • The White Whale Bookstore, Pittsburgh, PA
  • The Jam Handy, Detroit, MI
  • Absinthe & Zygote, TriTriangle Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • The Robin Theatre, Lansing, MI
  • knife | fork | book, Toronto, ON
  • Temps Libre Mile End, Montreal, QC

• Anne Carson's The Third Muse, The 92nd St. Y Unterberg Poetry Center, NY, NY
• The Poetry Project (Wed. Night Series), NY, NY
• The Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY
• AWP Offsite, The Potter's House, Washington, D.C.
• AWP Offsite, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Washington, D.C.
• The New York Story X-Change, Cornelia St. Café, NY, NY
• Colorado State University Creative Writing Series, Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, Fort Collins, CO
• Innisfree Poetry Bookstore/Café, Boulder, CO
• Tattered Cover Bookstore (Colefax), Denver, CO
• Literature is Alive @ Emory Univ. Bookstore, Atlanta, GA
• NYU Bookstore, NY, NY
• National Poetry Month Reading, Larchmont Public Library, Larchmont, NY

• Exit Theater Southern Tour, USA

  • Federal Dust Reading Series, The Crown, Baltimore, MD
  • Poetrio, Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, Asheville, NC
  •  So and So Reading Series, So and So Books, Raleigh, NC
  • Say It with Words, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • Blood Jet Poetry Series, BJ's in the Bayou, New Orleans, LA
  • Malvern Books, Austin, TX
  • Marfa Book Co., Marfa, TX
  • Deep Vellum Books, Dallas, TX
  • Nightbird Books, Fayetteville, AR
  • Trobar Ric Reading Series, Oxford, MS
  • Chase Public, Cincinnati, OH

• Exit Theater Release, Idio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
• Greenlight Poetry Salon, Greenlight Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
• New York University Creative Writers Series, Lillian Vernon Creative Writers' House, NY, NY
• In the Gun Cabinet Release, La Sala, Brooklyn, NY
Boog City 10 Festival, Unnameable Books, Brooklyn, NY

• DittoDitto Books, Detroit, MI
• Earshot Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY
• Leverage (Eric Nelson) Release, Mellow Pages, Brooklyn, NY
• Atlas Reading Series, Local 61, Brooklyn, NY

• A Very Mellow NYE, Mellow Pages Library, Brooklyn, NY
• Does Not Love (James Tadd Adcox) Release, Mellow Pages Library, Brooklyn, NY
• Migration to the Interior (Phong Bui and Rail Curatorial Projects), Red Bull Galleries, NY, NY
• AWP Offsite (for Singing Saw Press), Cairo, Seattle, WA
• Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, New York University, NY, NY

Static, Robert Sestok Solo Show, Cave Gallery, Russell Industrial Center, Detroit
• AWP Offsite for Lit Magazine and Mental Marginalia, Boston, MA
• Works inspired by “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
• Allyson Paty, Eric Nelson, and Mike Lala, Mellow Pages Library, Brooklyn, NY
• Cornelia Street Graduate Reading Series, New York, NY
• The New York Poetry Festival (for Singing Saw Press), Governor’s Island, NY
• KGB Emerging Writers Reading Series, New York, NY

• Southern Writers Reading Series, Happy Ending, New York, NY
• Polestar Reading Series, Cakeshop, New York, NY
• [sic] Reading Series, Omnicorp, Detroit, MI
• Diner Journal Reading, Brooklyn, NY
• The Highwaymen Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY
• No, Dear Issue 9 Release, Brooklyn, NY
• HOWL Festival, NY, NY
• Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY
• The New York Poetry Festival, Gov. Island, NY
• Popsickle Poetry Festival, Brooklyn, NY
• Mental Marginalia Reading Series, Brooklyn, NY

2010 - 2011 
The Silk City Series (Eric Nelson) release, Barramundi, New York, NY
• Pete’s Candy Store, Brooklyn, NY
• Northeast Kingdom, Brooklyn, NY,
• Numu Arts Collective, Brooklyn, NY
• The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY
• 5C Cafe and Cultural Center, New York, NY
• A-Space, Philadelphia, PA
• Wooden Shoe Books, Philadelphia, PA
• Cyclops Books, Baltimore, MD
Blood and Pudding (Katelan Foisy) Release, Bluestockings, New York, NY
• Hexagon Space, Artscape Arts Festival, Baltimore, MD
Eastern Seaboard Showcase, Philadelphia Center for the Book, Philadelphia, PA
• (Scene) Metrospace, East Lansing, MI
Polestar Poetry Series, Cakeshop, New York, NY
Tongue and Groove New York, KGB Bar, New York, NY
1441 Release, Word Bookstore, Brooklyn, NY
The Bodega Monthly, The Bodega, Brooklyn, NY
The New York Poetry Society Fundraiser, The Bowery Poetry Club, New York, NY
Mixer Reading Series, Cakeshop, New York, NY
[sic] Reading Series, Leopold’s Books, Detroit, MI
Brooklyn Invades Manhattan, Bluestockings Bookstore, New York, NY


• Research AideCreative Writing and the Writing Center: Workshop Applications in the Consultation Process, Dr. Trixie Smith, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
     • Presented:

• 2008 Michigan Writing Centers’ Association Bright Ideas Conference, Madonna University, Livonia, MI
• 2009 East Central Writing Centers Association Conference, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
• 2009 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


• 2016 Colorado Prize for Poetry, Selected by Tyrone Williams
• 2015 National Poetry Series Finalist
• 2014 Omnidawn First/Second Book Prize Finalist, Selected by Timothy Donnelly
• 2014 Diagram/New Michigan Press Chapbook Prize Finalist
• 2012-2014 New York University Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow
• 2009 Michigan State University Marcia E. Platt and Douglas L. Ruble Scholarship for Creative Writing
• 2005-2009 Michigan State University University Scholars Award
• 2005-2009 Michigan State University Academic Scholar

Other Projects

• FalcorpsThe Nothing (recorded E.P) 
• FalcorpsYou Send Me | I’m What You Send (recorded L.P.) 
• Lie & Indite, a photo project (lieandindite.tumblr.com)