Normalizing The Less Than Perfect.


With Over One Million Views, Mike Rosen's powerful spoken word poetry is changing the narrative around mental health, grief, and healing. Click below to see why organizations like Yale University, Tang Teaching Museum and Tom's Shoes love his work.


I was moved in a way that I’ve never been before by art.
— Jesse Israel, Founder of The Big Quiet
Heartbreaking & Heart-Warming Beauty.
— Dylan Dunlap, Recording Artist
Wow. Thank you, Mike, for sharing so much of yourself and for trusting these teens to meet you there.
— Rabbi Juliana Karol, Rodeph Sholom Day School
I forgot writing once saved my life. You gave that back to me.
— Aly, 17, Workshop Attendee at Beit T'Shuvah Treatment Center

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I'm a mental health advocate and spoken word artist on a mission to normalize the less than perfect with my new album Might As Well Dance (Timber Mouse Publishing, 2018) about healing from grief and heartbreak.

I am a firm believer that we can't hit what we can't see. So, I use poetry and storytelling to invite topics like mental illness out of the shadows and in a fun and relatable way.

A few years ago my video “When God Happens” went viral. Since then I've performed and taught around the world for venues and organizations like Yale University, The Whitney Museum, Beit T'shuvah, and University of Michigan.

I have twice finished in the Top Ten at College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational and was awarded the Torchbearer’s Award in 2016. I was named Best Male Poet at Wade-Lewis Poetry Slam Invitational '11 and was a finalist at Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam 2012.

As an organizer and educator,  I founded the nation’s largest collegiate poetry slam, WESlam, in 2011. I have taught workshops at Tang Teaching Museum, Columbia/Barnard University, University of Michigan and The Catskill Mountain Foundation. I've also had the privilege of working with poets at Wesleyan University, mentoring and guiding them to 1st place at Yale University’s Regional Slam and 6th Place at College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. 



Whether we're focusing on destigmatizing mental illness, writing technique, or performance mechanics my workshops are all about one thing: creating a world where more people feel safe sharing their stories. Each of my workshops can be catered to the specific needs of your community and I'll often create custom curricula for specific occasions.

Contact me to learn how poetry can empower your community to tell its own story.