Michelle Valladares

Assistant Professor & Director of MFA in Creative Writing

Main Affiliation


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Creative Writing
  • Indian Poetry


North Academic Center




(212) 650-6340

Michelle Valladares


B.A. Bryn Mawr College
M.F.A. Sarah Lawrence College


Valladares is a poet and filmmaker.  Her writing has appeared in Asterix Journal,  Upstreet Journal, Clockhouse, the Literary Review, Sixers Review, North American Review, Fulcrum and  The Women’s Review of Books.  She has been anthologized in Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond, and The HarperCollins Book of English Poetry by Indians.  Her honors include a Pushcart Prize Nomination and her poem “CUNY Writers Reading Against Austerity” was published in PSCuny’s Clarion.  She has completed a second manuscript of poems, First Map of the New World and is currently working on a non fiction book, Searching for Tara.  As a film producer of three independent films, Valladares received the Best Producer Award from the Independent Documentary Association.  She currently directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.


Nortada, The North Wind, poems (Global City Press, 2005)



The New Poetry:  Modern English Poems by Indians (Sahitya Akademi, India 2017)

The HarperCollins Book of  English Poetry by Indians, (Harper Collins, 2012)

Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond, (Norton, 2008)



Co-Producer, O Sertão das Memórias (Landscapes of Memory), directed by José Araújo, (Brazil, 1997)  Awards Best Latin American Film, Sundance Film Festival, 

the Wolfgang Staudte Prize, Independent Forum of New Cinema, Berlin Film Festival

Co-Producer, El Diablo Nunca Duerme  (The Devil Never Sleeps), directed by Lourdes Portillo. (USA/Mexico, 1995)   Award Best Documentary Award, Independent Documentary Association, 1995.

Production Manager, Imagining Indians, produced and directed by Victor Masayesva, Jr. (USA 1992)



“Sonnets and Ghazals” with poet Sam Greenhoe,  (Naïve Press, 2016)

“Grace and Selected Poems” chapbooks by SVA students with artist Olga Mezhibovskaya, exibition at the Art Director’s Club Gallery.  (NYC, 2013)

“Doll Dresses”  An artist book with printmaker, Miriam Schaer, (limited edition of 6, NYC, 1995) Included in the at Yale University and Univ. of California Book Arts Collection.

Courses Taught


Advanced Poetry Workshop

Intro to Creative Writing

Intermediate Creative Writing

Reading/Writing the Asian American Diaspora: Capstone Seminar

Imagining Indians:  Native American Film and Literature



Poetry Workshop

The Conversation Between Poetry and Art: Critical Practice

Prosody:  Critical Practice