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Michael Raven has been murdering innocent words since some time in primary school and hasn’t had the decency to stop after he was first published in second grade. He primarily writes poetry, but has also tried his hand at fiction, technical papers, essays, and has been the primary lyricist for bands playing music ranging from punk to old-school gothic to Irish-inspired folk. In the mid-90s, he was the emcee of a spoken word/open mic salon, Sweet Immolation, housed in a Seattle Belltown now-absent neighborhood café.

In recent years, Michael has become more reclusive, focusing primarily on quietly exploring ecstatic and shamanic approaches towards verse inspired by Northern European and British sources, Eastern philosophical traditions, as well as the traditions of indigenous and nomadic people worldwide.

Michael currently resides in the suburbs of the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area with too many cats and a handful of daughters. He still hasn’t decided what he wants to be when he grows up.

Michael is the author of galdr: thought and memory, published by Raw Earth Ink.

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