About Me

“Poetry is a characteristic of reality, echoing in every human tongue.”

Robert Bringhurst

Hello, my name is Michael Gravel and I’m a poet & writer living in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I’m working to increase understanding and empathy between all people by bringing clarity, simplicity, and utility to all forms of human communication. I am the Employee Development Manager at Electrical Wholesalers Edmonton, Ltd (EWEL).

I believe that writing and language are humanity’s most powerful tools for affecting change. I believe that art, design, and poetry strive for the same ideal: to say the most with the least.

My poetry chapbooks include The Fast Places (2008), Corduroy Forecast (2010), and We Need You (2014). I was the frontman of the Raving Poets from 2003 – 2010. My other skills include poetic performance, event emceeing, lecturing, and teaching. My poetic influences include Carl Sagan, Jack Kerouac, and Dylan Thomas. When not digesting the day’s codswallop, I can be found writing & reading, drinking tea, and walking.


I enjoy all tea, but green teas & sencha are my favourites. My tea supplier of choice is Acquired Taste Tea in Edmonton. They sell a wide variety finely blended teas with subtle, complex flavours. Favourites include coconut sencha, bamboo shoots, and relaxation sensation. I serve tea in an Iwachu cast iron teapot.

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