Michael Bernstein reads his honorable mention winning poem “what it does”
during the 2011 
Hessler Street Fair Poetry Competition
at Mac’s Backs in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, on 11 May 2011
(photography & editing by John Burroughs, a.k.a. Jesus Crisis)



Michael Bernstein is the author of the chapbooks cinderbook (Gold Wake Press, 2009), the rot to light (Gold Wake Press, 2010), 8s (Scantily Clad Press, 2010), imaginary grace (Recycled Karma Press, 2010), from “a heap of swords and mirrors” (Bedouin Books, 2010), the transit illuminate (mud luscious press, 2010), nanostars (greying ghost press, 2010), the Fire District (Differentia Press, 2010), Well (Splitleaves Press, 2010), and death ray (Minutes Books, forthcoming). His poems have appeared in magazines such as New American Writing, Puppy Flowers, milk, Moria, BlazeVOX, Columbia Poetry Review, Conundrum, Ink Node, swap/concessions, 13myna birds, Unscroll, Cannot Exist, A Trunk of Delirium, The Bathroom, The Balloon, Monkey Puzzle, Phraseology, and Pinstripe Fedora. He currently co-edits the online literary arts magazine Pinstripe Fedora, has appeared as a featured reader in numerous U.S. cities, has had his work featured on NPR’s “Chicago Amplified” program, and has written book reviews for Gently Read Literature and Tarpaulin Sky. Michael lives and writes in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

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