Mike Lala grew up in the western United States and Tokyo, and now lives in New York.
He is the author of Exit Theater (Colorado Prize for Poetry 2016), Twenty-Four Exits: A Closet Drama (Present Tense Pamphlets, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art 2016), In the Gun Cabinet (The Atlas Review Chapbook Prize 2016), Infinite Odyssey (Pioneer Works 2017), and Oedipus in the District (The Juilliard School / National Sawdust 2018).
Poems appear in BOMB, Boston Review, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, Denver Quarterly, the PEN Poetry Series, and Hauser & Wirth’s Ursula. Lala has presented work across the US and Canada, at the 92nd Street Y (for Anne Carson's Tenth Muse), The Poetry Project at St. Mark's, the Whitney Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York City. He holds an MFA from NYU, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow.
Lala is represented by Jamie Carr of William Morris Endeavor: firstname.lastname@example.org