2012 Literary Arts Fellow
Ken Meisel

Ken Meisel is a poet and psychotherapist from Detroit. He is the author of five poetry collections, most recently “Beautiful Rust” (Bottom Dog Press, 2009). Much of his work comes from studying how pain becomes healing, and healing becomes hope. Being Irish, he believes that pain and joy walk as travel companions, and that there is no escape from what we must witness and communicate to one another. He believes that creativity is a hammer and a nail inside a forest fire, and so he donates proceeds from his book sales to charities as a way of tithing the muse.