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by Michele Mekel

to be

in the path

of love

is to stand

in the middle

of a trail

of fire


lover and beloved





Living in Happy Valley, Michele Mekel wears many hats of her choosing: educator, bioethicist, poetess, cat herder, witch, and woman. Mekel has more than 150 poems published, as well as a recently-released chapbook (Under a Quiet Moon). Her work has appeared in various academic and creative publications, including being featured on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and nominated for Best of the Net. Her poetry has also been translated into Cherokee. She served as co-principal investigator for the Viral Imaginations: COVID-19 project (

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