Zilka Joseph

Michigan, United States

Member Since: 06/03/2021

Zilka Joseph's work has appeared in PoetryPoetry DailyKROMQRAsia Literary ReviewThe Writers' Chronicle, and in RESPECT: An Anthology of Detroit Music Poetry, 101 Jewish Poems for the Third MillenniumCheers to Muses: Contemporary Work by Asian American Women, and The Kali Project. Her work has been nominated many times for the Pushcart award, a PEN award, and Best of the Net. Sharp Blue Search of Flame, her book of poems, was a Foreword Indies Book Award finalist. Her recent chapbook Sparrows and Dust has been nominated for a Pushcart. In Our Beautiful Bones, her newest book, has been nominated for a PEN award. Her work has been influenced by Indian/Eastern and Western cultures and her Bene Israel roots. She teaches creative writing workshops in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is an editor, manuscript coach, and a mentor to writers in her community. 





Website: www.zilkajoseph.com


  • In Our Beautiful Bones , Mayapple Press (August 31, 2021)
  • Sharp Blue Search of Flame , Wayne State University Press (April 4, 2016)
  • Lands I Live In , Mayapple Press (2008)
  • Sparrows and Dust , Ridgeway Press (April 1, 2021)
  • What Dread , Finishing Line Press (2011)


  • Elsi Choy Lee Scholarship (CEW, University of Michigan)(2008)
  • Zell Fellowship (University of Michigan)(2007)


  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from University of Michigan (May 2009)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry