Michael Lee is a Norwegian American writer, performer and youth worker. Michael has received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and an Intermedia Arts VERVE grant. He ranked ninth at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam and was named the 2011 “Best Individual Poet” of Collegiate Nationals (CUPSI). Michael’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Rattle, Indiana Review and Criminal Class Press among other journals. Michael has worked as a dishwasher, a farm hand, a traveling performer and teaching artist performing/teaching at colleges and universities around the country. Currently he works as a youth counselor for homeless teens in Minneapolis where he lives with many books and a coffee pot.