About Michael Gravel

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

Robert Bringhurst

Hello, my name is Michael Gravel. I’m a poet, writer, emcee, publisher, and tea afficionado. I live in Edmonton, Canada with my wife, stepdaughter, and incorrigible hound. 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 design and publish books at The Rasp and the Wine. 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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