Artist Bio

MICHELLE MYERS is an award-winning spoken word poet, community activist, and educator.  Born in Seoul, South Korea to a Korean mother and a white American father serving in the U.S. Air Force, Michelle draws from her personal experiences as a biracial Korean American woman to write poetry that challenges mainstream misconceptions of Asianness and explores the intersections of race, culture, gender, community, and self. Based in the Philadelphia-area, Michelle and her performance work have been featured at hundreds of college campuses as well as at many distinguished venues around the country, including the Painted Bride Arts Center, the Bowery Poetry Club, the Asian American Writers Workshop, the Asian Arts Initiative, the Kennedy Center, the Loft Literary Center, the Sierra Arts Foundation, the Japanese American National Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.  Employing multiple poetic forms and delivery styles—including storytelling, hip-hop-influenced rhyme, and songMichelle harnesses the raw and intimate power of spoken word poetry in her performances in order to take audiences on an unforgettable journey that educates, challenges, and inspires. Ultimately, she believes in the transformative power of spoken word poetry.