Michael writes poetry and short stories, and is an accomplished and passionate performer. His work, both on the page and on the stage, seeks to evaluate our world from as many angles as possible. Michael seeks to escape from and then re-enter tragedy to see what else there is to find. Presently, he is working on his first novel. He ranked ninth at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam, and was named the 2011 “Best Individual Poet” of Collegiate Nationals (CUPSI) and was a recipient of the 2011 Verve Grant. His work has appeared in Rattle, Criminal Class Press and Minneapolis’ Not Book. Michael tours aross the country, and recently spent six months in residence in Scandinavia. When not traveling or writing, he works as a youth counselor at Avenues for Homeless Youth – a homeless shelter on Minneapolis’ North Side.