Michael Churchman says that he is just like everybody else — he wakes up each morning and has to learn how to think, how to feel, how to exist, how to love, and how to be human all over again. Sometimes he writes about these things, and sometimes he writes about things that don’t make sense at all, not to himself or to anyone else.
“Whatever roles we are supposed to be playing in this world,” he says, “we can at least play them with full and open hearts, and with style; if it’s a show, we can put on a good one.”
He works as a technical writer, and writes short stories and poetry to keep himself sane. He has been involved in the arts and allied activities at the community level since his teens, and has served as both a volunteer and board member for a variety of community organizations, including the Shantih Youth Coffee House, the I Care Counseling Center, and the Santa Maria Valley Arts Council. He has also been involved in several poetry and writing groups, including the Tuesday Poets of San Luis Obispo and Echo Poetry in Claremont. He is currently an active member of ZZyZx Writerz and the Coffee House Writers Group. Michael, as part of the ZZyZx Writerz along with fellow Nuvein director Kimberly Cobian, helps organize the annual art and literature festival known as Poetrypalooza.
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