MICHELLE MYERS is an award-winning poet and educator. Appearing on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam as a founding member of Yellow Rage, Michelle harnesses her experiences as a biracial Korean American woman to create work that raises awareness and builds community. As a solo artist, Michelle has received numerous grants and awards, including a Transformation Award (2014) and an Art and Change Grant (2011) by the Leeway Foundation and a Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship First Alternate (2018) and Honorable Mention (2014) by The Loft Literary Center.
Her writing has been published in Apiary, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Title Magazine, Brevity, and USA Today. Her work also has received recognition from the Leeway Foundation, Loft Literary Center, Asian Arts Initiative, and Dodge Poetry Program. Michelle currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Berrie Center, and her CCPTV show Drop the Mic has been nominated for six Emmys. Finally, Michelle’s poetry is being published in the forthcoming books Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now (Mariner: Houghton Harcourt. March 2022) and My Life: Growing Up Asian in America (MTV Books: Simon & Schuster. May 2022).
Michelle’s creative work also informs her position as an Associate Professor in the English Department at Community College of Philadelphia where she has received recognition, such as a 2018 President’s Award for Excellence in Service to the College; a 2016 President’s Award for Excellence in Fostering Student Success; a six-time Mid-Atlantic Emmy Nomination for the Drop the Mic Spoken Word Poetry Competition television program that she hosts and co-created; and a 2010 Student Club Advisor of the Year Award (Spoken Word Poetry Club).