Richard Michelson’s many books for children, teens and adults have been listed among the Ten Best of the Year by The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and The New Yorker; and among the best Dozen of the Decade by Amazon.com. He has been a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award (3X), the National Jewish Book Award (3X), the Harlem Book Fest Wheatley Award, and he is the only author ever awarded both the Sydney Taylor Gold and Silver Medals in a single year from the Association of Jewish Librarians.
Other awards include three Skipping Stones Multicultural Book Awards, a National Parenting Publication Gold Medal and an International Reading Association Teacher’s Choice Award. See a list of major awards here.
Michelson hosts Northampton Poetry Radio, and served two terms as Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. His poetry for adults has been published in many anthologies, including The Norton Introduction to Poetry. Clemson University named Michelson their Calhoun Distinguished Reader in American Literature in 2008. Michelson’s latest poetry collection, More Money than God, was published in 2015 by the University of Pittsburgh Press and recent poems have appeared in The Harvard Review, The Massachusetts Review, Parnassus and elsewhere. He is a 2016 recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship.
In addition to being an author, Michelson is a popular guest speaker. He has traveled throughout the world talking to children and teachers about his love of poetry and social justice. Michelson represented the US at the Bratislava Biennial in Slovakia, and he is the founder and owner of R. Michelson Galleries.
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 48 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 2012-2015.
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.