RICHARD MICHELSON is a prize-winning author whose poetry has been praised by Nobel Laureate Elie Weisel as “deeply moving.” Battles & Lullabies was selected by ForeWord as one of the 12 best books of 2006. Michelson’s poems have appeared in many anthologies, including The Norton Introduction to Poetry. Clemson University named Michelson the R. J. Calhoun Distinguished Reader in American Literature for 2008, and he was the featured poet for the 20th Anniversary edition of Image Journal. New work recently appeared in The Harvard Review.
Michelson’s books for children have also received many honors.
2010–New York Times: 10 Best Illustrated Books
In January 2009, "As Good As Anybody: Martin Luther King and Abraham Joshua Heschel's Amazing March Toward Freedom," was awarded the prestigious Sydney Taylor Award Gold Medal from the Association of Jewish Libraries, and “A is for Abraham,” was awarded the Silver Medal. This is the first time in the award's 41-year history that one author has been honored with their top two awards. The Sydney Taylor Award is the most coveted award for writers of Jewish children's literature. Isaac Bashevis Singer was the first award recipient.
The Northampton Arts Council is proud to announce the selection of Richard Michelson, poet, children's book author, and art dealer as Poet Laureate of Northampton for 2012-2014. See video from the inauguration.
In December 2010, Busing Brewster was selected by the NY Times as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Books of 2010, and one of 8 Notable Books of 2010; the only book to make both of their year-end lists.
In addition to being an author, Mr. Michelson is a popular guest speaker. Within the past few years he has lectured, and read from his works in India, Russia and Eastern Europe. In 2005 he represented the United States at the Bratislava Biennial of Children’s Books in Slovakia. Michelson also regularly travels throughout the United States speaking to children and teachers about poetry, and issues of Social Justice. Michelson has written for the New York Times Book Review, Publishers Weekly, Nextbook and other publications. He is the Curator of Exhibitions at The National Yiddish Book Center and owns R. Michelson Galleries in Northampton, Massachusetts.