Michelle G. Stradford is an award-winning bestselling Author, Architect, Artist, and Photographer who creates written visual and inhabitable art. In addition to poetry, she has written short stories and fiction since adolescence. Along with five poetry collections, her work has been published in literary anthologies with esteemed poets from across the globe.

Michelle's writing style is contemporary free verse, as her goal is to create poetry and prose that is relatable, connects with, and is inspiring to her readers. In particular, she wants to use her experiences and writing to build a platform that encourages women and girls to own their power to overcome challenges and crush their goals.

Michelle has had the privilege of traveling the world and loves sharing her interpretation of love, life, friendship, and community. She thrives on using words, art, and photography to tell stories that evoke emotions or make connections with others. She loves the arts, both visual and performing, so checking out shows, and small art collections are always fun to do with family and friends. To wind down and re-energize she enjoys curling up with a great read or pulling out her acrylics and watercolors for a little painting. She also likes to sketch, experiment with her camera, and take on creative do-it-yourself projects.

Other Works

  • Self Love Notes II: Affirming Poetry & Prose

  • Waves of You: Love Poems

  • Self Love Notes: Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations & Quotes

  • Rise Unstoppable

  • I'm Rising: Determined. Confident. Powerful

  • When Love Rises


Awards and Recognition

  • Poetry Award Finalist - "When Love Rises" by Readers' Favorite
  • Poetry Bronze Award - "I'm Rising " by Readers' Favorite
  • Poetry Gold Award Winner -"Rise Unstoppable" by 2021 Book Awards
  • Ereads named "I'm Rising: Determined. Confident. Powerful." to their list of the 10 Best Inspirational Poetry Books (2022 & 2023). https://www.ereads.com/best-inspirational-poetry-books