“Warm generosity, 

    deft poetry, 

    powerful charisma

    and no ego.” 

- Krista Monson

(Cirque De Sole Creative Director- Las Vegas).

"Joel McKerrow reminds us

why unplugged MC bards

are as rock-n-rollin their art

as any guitar band."

~ Andrew William Smith ~

Joel Mckerrow 


is obsessed with STORY and CREATIVITY and the way they can change people and culture.

A creativity specialist, Joel can help you...

ENERGISE your people and your team.

Take your event to a whole other level of ENGAGEMENT.

INSPIRE your students.

Bring INNOVATION back into your culture.

Take leaps forward in the CREATIVE JOURNEY.


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Based out of Melbourne, Australia, Joel McKerrow is an award winning writer, speaker, educator, artist, creativity specialist and, having performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world, is one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring, performance poets. Full-time in his creative career for the past fifteen years Joel is currently the Director of The School for Creative Development, the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEARFUND Australia’, is on teaching staff at the Melbourne Young Writers Studio, is the co-founder/host of the The Deep Place: On Creativity and Spirituality Podcast and is a speaker with BOOKEDOUT speaker agency.

Joel was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA as well the co-founder of community arts organisation, 'The Centre for Poetics and Justice' (2010-2013) and the host of the Australian National Poetry Slam for the State of Victoria (2017-2019). He is a highly sought after speaker/performer at conferences, festivals and retreats all over the world including: Story Gathering Conference (Nashville), ITEC (International Transforming Education Conference), Somerset Storyfest, Cairns Tropical Writers Festival, The Emerging Writer's Festival, The Justice Conference (AUS, US and NZ), Williamstown Literary Festival, Christian Education National Conference, The Global Health Summit, Anglican Schools Australia Conference, Amnesty International Conference, Greenbelt festival (UK), Graceland Festival (Netherlands), and many more.

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Joel is passionate about schools work and over the last twelve years has taught poetry and the creative process to over 60,000 students in schools all over the world. In publishing Joel has released four music/spoken word albums, three published books of poetry and one creative non-fiction manuscript focussed on his journey of discovering his own entitlement within the world. He has had his work featured in such publications as: Mindfood Magazine, Relevant Magazine, Going Down Swinging Literary Journal, Soul-tread magazine, Spirituality for Youth Work (Cambridge Scholars Press), Australian Stories for the Soul (Strand Publishing), Gestalt Arts and Culture Journal, New Urban World Journal, and many more.


Junior Fiction/
Graphic Novel
Art, poetry and music exhibition
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Creative non-
fiction  book
Deep Place Podcast
Season three
Poetry album with TEARFUND Austalia

What the People Have to Say


“The old windows are not letting in much light. Nor do they allow people to look out, through and beyond. We see it everywhere: in the cynicism of politics, the machinery of the

market, the intransigence of religion passing for faith, and the ravaged quality of so many human lives. Light is not getting through. We have always waited and asked for better windows, a truer lens, some ways to see the brightness and goodness that we somehow know is there. It is to this deeper, already knowing, that Joel McKerrow appeals. He draws us through a much better window.”

~ Father Richard Rohr,

~ The Centre for Action and Contemplation ~

 “Joel is a special human being who brings care and magic to everything he works on. Our community of storytellers are among some of the most creative people in the world, and he displayed a unique ability to inspire and move them deeply.”

~ Harris III ~

~ Director of STORY GATHERING- Nashville ~


I witnessed the incredibly talented Joel McKerrow at STORY Gatherings in Nashville where I was also a main stage speaker. He is captivating. He stole the ‘show’ with an extraordinary blend of warm generosity, deft poetry, powerful charisma and no ego. I left awed and authentically grateful to be in his presence.


~ Krista Monson- Creative Director ~ Cirque De Sole- Las Vegas.

Joel McKerrow does what poets should do ... makes you laugh, think, cry, pray, hope, worship, wonder, and sit back and say, "Ahh, now I see!" In a time when politics, theology, and other important avenues of human intercourse suffer from a flatness of prose and a vacuum of meaning,

Joel walks on stage just when we need him, sounding off with all the craft of a first-rate poet and all the verve of a first-rate performer.

~ Brian McLaren, author/speaker/activist ~


"Joel is a powerful presence in any room. He makes each individual feel seen, valued, and connected to a deeper place. His poetry

is booming, spectacular; but his message even more. He is in the uppermost tier of speakers I've worked with, so much so that I hired him again, and again.”

~ Brooke Shaden – Founder, Promoting Passion Conference ~


Joel McKerrow is a true leader in Australia's performance poetry scene...A man who can tear a roof down with his performances and

bring tears with his subtle eloquence. Joel's writing reveals a wisdom beyond his years and his devotion to his work and to the greater good of all of humanity shines unwaveringly.

~ Luka Lesson ~ Australian Poetry Slam Champion


‘Joel McKerrow is not just some redhead... he's just some redhead who happens to be an exceptional spoken word artist. Fiercely political and humane... the fact that he's a redhead is inconsequential. He's a redhead.’

~ Shane Koyczan- Canadian poet ~

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