Zilka Joseph has been nominated twice for a Pushcart prize and her poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review Online, Review Americana, Gatronomica, Cutthroat, Rattle, Blue Unicorn, the Cafe Review, The MacGuffin, Metro Times, Cheers To Muses: An Anthology of Contemporary Works by Asian American Women, and Uncommon Core, a Neutral Zone/Red Beard Press Anthology.
She has won several prizes including a Hopwood award and the Elsie Choy Lee Scholarship from the Center for Education of Women. She was also interviewed on the University of Michigan WBCN Radio’s Living Writers Series.
Her first chapbook Lands I Live In was nominated for a PEN America Beyond Margins award, and her second chapbook What Dread which was a semi finalist in Finishing Line Press’ New Women’s Voices contest and has been nominated for a Pushcart. She gives readings and teaches workshops in India and the US, has worked at the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College and Oakland Comunity College. Prior to that, she was Writer in Residence at InsideOut Detroit, a teacher at the Roeper School, an ESL instructor at the Indo American Center in Chicago, and a high school English teacher at St. James’ School for Boys, Kolkata.
Currently, she is a poetry instructor for Springfed Arts, and a freelance editor and writing coach.
Photographs by John Joseph