Born: March 2, 1962
Ohio connection: Birth
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 was a member or coach of the team representing Cleveland, Ohio, at the National Poetry Slam a dozen times - making two finals. 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