Michael Frazier and I talk about the humbling path of following a calling, the power of mentorship, and surrendering our desires by naming them.

Michael is an award-winning poet & educator living in central Japan. He graduated from NYU, where he was the 2017 poet commencement speaker & a co-champion of CUPSI. He’s performed at Nuyorican Poets Café, Lincoln Center, Gallatin Arts Festival, & other venues. His poems appear, or are forthcoming, in Poetry Daily, The Offing, Cream City Review, RHINO, Visible Poetry Project, & elsewhere. He facilitates a zoom poetry book club open to the public. He also volunteers as a Youth Leader at a small cafe in Kanazawa City that’s on fire for Christ (Hope House), and he’s working on poetry collection(s) about oyakodon, his hilarious mother, and being black in Japan. He’s uber passionate about anime, bubble tea, and, most importantly, the power of Christ to change lives.

You can connect with Michael on Instagram and Twitter @fraziermichael or on his website, fraziermichael.com.

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