Born: March 2, 1962
Ohio connection: Birth & Resident
Michael G. Salinger was born March 2, 1962, near Cleveland. A poet, performer, and educator, he is one of the earliest participants in the National Poetry Slam, former board member of Poetry Slam Inc., and current director of the organization’s summer writing and performance conference. Salinger is an eight time captain and couch of the Cleveland Poetry Slam team and has led them to the National Poetry Slam competition, and also making the finals twice. He also emceed the individual finals competition of the National Poetry Slam several times.
Author of teacher professional books and a frequent speaker at teacher conferences and in schools in the US and abroad, he uses performance poetry as a means to aid literacy and comprehension skills.
He has two children and currently lives in Northeast Ohio with children’s author Sara Holbrook.
Pushcart Prize for Stingray