is a poet, community arts organizer, and author of A House Made of Water (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017), a lyrical examination of sisterhood, the inheritance of stories, and survival from trauma.
She has performed for Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, Litquake, and other festivals. Her work was showcased in Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s “Lo Writer of the Week” and the Pennsylvania Center for the Book’s Public Poetry Project.
Michelle is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh’s MFA program and of the University of California Riverside’s Creative Writing program. She is a Kundiman fellow, and one of the lead coordinators for Kearny Street Workshop’s reading series, KSW Presents. She works as the Grassroots Fundraising Manager for RYSE Youth Center in Richmond, California.
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