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.
Healing Grace: Inspirational Poetry for Coping & Closure
Healing words of comfort and encouragement for the strong souls working to overcome adversity and trauma.
Healing Grace is a raw and inspirational collection of poems, affirmations, and meditations for those on a healing journey from heartbreak, adversity, and personal trauma.
I am painstakingly
making my way through
the emotional ruins
of a life of resistance,
climbing over broken
pieces of myself
a more durable existence.
Self Love Notes II: Affirming Poetry & Prose2022
Waves of You: Love Poems2021
Self Love Notes: Uplifting Poetry, Affirmations & Quotes2021
I'm Rising: Determined. Confident. Powerful2019
When Love Rises2019
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