Michael Quattrone is a poet and songwriter who lives in Tarrytown, New York, with his wife, Kala Smith, three teenage children, and many animals.
Michael is the author of Rhinoceroses (2006 winner of the New School Chapbook Award), and the songs of One River (Wolfe Island Records, 2018). His poems appear in The Best American Erotic Poems (Scribner, 2008) and the Incredible Sestina Anthology (Write Bloody, 2013), and journals such as The Night Heron Barks, DMQ Review and The Best American Poetry Blog. With Laura Cronk and Megin Jiménez, Michael curated and hosted the KGB poetry reading series from 2007 to 2011. He reads poetry submissions for The Westchester Review, and serves on the advisory committee of Slapering Hol Press.
Michael supports the arts, social justice, democracy and the climate by serving on the boards of two family foundations: the David Rockefeller Fund and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, where he sits on the Pocantico Committee; and two nonprofit organizations: Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and A Blade of Grass. In 2011, Michael and Kala founded Hearthfire, a creative retreat project that fosters community and connection through experiences of earth, art, and heart.
Michael’s first love was the theater. In addition to acting and mentoring with Visible Theater in NYC, he has taught the history of Modern Theater and Drama at Johns Hopkins University, and Shakespeare in the Boroughs with the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab. He earned degrees from Northwestern University (BS) and the New School (MFA).
Michael joined the community of the Hudson Valley Writers Center in January of 2020, and has remained enrolled in weekly poetry workshops ever since. He currently studies with Jennifer Franklin, and his first full-length poetry manuscript is getting ready for a title and a press.
To learn more, visit Michael’s website, michaelquattrone.com