Michelle Myers

Michelle Myers

As a biracial woman, mother, educator, activist, and poet, Michelle Myers claims multiple communities that cross several racial and cultural boundaries.  She is half-Korean and half-white; her children claim those ethnic heritages as well as an African American one as they are half-black. These identities infuse Myers’ political and social consciousness as well as her artistic content as a spoken word poet. She has been a professional spoken word poet for almost two decades, and she 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.

Projects

Listen Asshole

Listen Asshole, 2009 
Spoken Word Poem

This poem attempts to expose the various ways in which people are ignorant, uninformed, and/or misinformed about Asian peoples, cultures, and histories. While not about interracial romantic relationships, it reflects the potential complications regarding interracial identity and intercultural communication and exchanges.

Featured in A More Perfect Union

A Little Too Much

A Little Too Much, 2014 
Spoken Word Poem

In this spoken word poem, the artist addresses an anonymous person who has been interrogating her about her identity as a biracial Korean American woman, while challenging the way racial identity and dialogue is often reduced to binary and polarizing considerations of “whiteness” or “blackness.”

Featured in A More Perfect Union

Saturday Showcase performance by Magnetic North

Saturday Showcase, 2018

Saturday Showcase, curated by Michelle Myers for AAI's 25th Anniversary Celebration featured a range of performing arts from spoken word to hip hop drawing upon current and relevant issues in our community and on a national/global scale.