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photo by Bryan and Vita Hewitt Photography

Myron Michael was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan and received a BA from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan and an MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. He has taught poetry workshops throughout Grand Rapids and the San Francisco, Bay Area. His practice combines, whole or in part, performance, photography, music, video, and text through means of prose and or poetry.

In 2008 he started Rondeau Records—a micro-label that produced hip-hop and spoken word audio recordings (Songs of Experience and Master’s Thesis)—before turning his attention to publishing for a project-based imprint Move or Die, poetry collaborations. In 2009 he became a Cave Canem fellow alum. In 2010 he authored a chapbook, Scatter Plot (Integral Music Chapbook Award, Willow Books), and Move or Die published its inaugural collaboration, Hang Man. In 2011 he teamed up with Microclimate Collective for the exhibition Perfect Place/No place: Re-imagining Utopia. And in 2012 he was commissioned by Broadside Attractions / Vanquished Terrains for a collaborative work that became the image and text installation Vertical Horizon.

In 2015 he was nominated for Best New Poets and the Pushcart; and in 2016, Best of the Net and the Pushcart. To date, when he is not at work on a manuscript-series-in-progress titled The Plentiful and Readymade World, he is at work on the next season of HELIOTROPE, a monthly reading series.