Michele Amas completed her MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University in 2005, and was awarded the Adam Prize for best folio. Her poems appear in various journals including Sport, Turbine, Bravado, Landfall, The Iowa Review, The Pacific Review and Kaupapa New Zealand Poets.
Her poem "Daughter" was selected for Best New Zealand Poems 2005, and appeared in The Best of The Best New Zealand Poems Anthology in 2011. She was the winner of The Wellington sonnet competition 2008 and was a Caselberg Trust Prize winner for 2011. Known as an actor, Amas wrote and directed the short film Redial, which was in competition at the Venice film festival in 2002.
Her first collection of poetry After the Dance was published in October 2006. It was shortlisted as one of the Best First Books of Poetry in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2007.
In November 2007 Michele was named as one of six authors on the shortlist for the 2008 Prize in Modern Letters. The biennial Prize is designed to acknowledge and advance the work of emerging writers in New Zealand. The value of the Prize is NZ$65,000.