Michael Ellis was born in Sacramento, California. He has been professionally published for more than three quarters of his life since he was 17. He was first published in the one of Los Angeles’s honored newspapers, The LA Herald. At the age of eighteen he was published again in Crosscurrents, a university journal. There he would begin a writing career that would touch more than a million readers. Along the way he he collected comparisons to esteemed poets as Langston Hughes, Robert frost and Bob Dylan. Michael Ellis started out as a Blues poet, writing with a maturity unequaled by his generation. He was easily accepted to the University of Puget Sound on the strength of his literature. The first ten years of Ellis’s career was dedicated to literature but a stage career quickly ensued followed by a teaching career. His first book was titled Goodbye Langston (US) and was followed by They Wouldn’t Let Me Be White (Canada). Ellis quickly sprawled into a five continent poet collecting an unmeasurable world audience. He was published as far as Singapore for his poem about breast cancer, Worst Love Poem Ever Written. His worked was presented in ireland, Africa and in many places in Europe. He speaks in more than ten stage dialects. Three years ago Ellis began a teaching tenure in poetry, which would take him from a maximum security prison to high schools then to middle schools, teaching a new generation to write. Michael is one of the few poets in the world to succeed in twelve different genres of writing. He was honored at Howard University in Washington DC for his work on a novel titled Dear Oprah and by a smaller university for a children’s short story, The Legend of Sleepy. Currently Ellis owns his own poetry venue in Sacramento, California and has hosted more than a hundred poets and thousands of guest in venues far and near.He has amassed a very successful internet presence.
Five years ago he founded Keynote Poets which has a chapter in the United States and one in Botswana, Africa