Artist Bio

Joel McKerrow is an award winning writer, speaker, educator, 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. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the co-founder of community arts organisation, 'The Centre for Poetics and Justice' (2010-2013). Joel was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA (2012), is a TEDx speaker/performer, a successful play-wright and is a co-founder/host of the The Deep Place: On Creativity and Spirituality Podcast.

From The Justice Conference to The Global Health Conference; from the ITEC education conference to the Greenbelt Festival (UK); from the Sydney Opera House to the Metropolis (Montreal); from Melbourne’s Townhall, Exhibition Centre, Atheneum and Forum theatres to the renowned Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, Joel has captivated audiences with both his speaking and his performance poetry throughout Australia, NZ, USA, Canada, Europe and the UK. On stage he has performed alongside such poetry greats as Anis Mojgani, Shane Koyczan, Propaganda, Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, Ken Arkind, Buddy Wakefield, Mahogany Brown, Jive Poetic, Carrie Rudzinski and Luka Lesson.

In publishing Joel has released three music/spoken word albums, three published books of poetry and has had writing featured in such publications as:  Mindfood Magazine, Going Down Swinging Literary Journal, Spirituality for Youth Work (Cambridge Scholars Press), Australian Stories for the Soul (Strand Publishing), Gestalt Arts and Culture Journal, Red Letter Christians, New Urban World Journal, Relevant Magazine and many more.

Joel is a highly-sought after speaker at conferences, schools, colleges, corporate/organisational events, churches and gatherings all over the world. His speaking focusses on creativity (and how it can be used to change the self, society and organisations), identity formation and self-understanding as well as spirituality/worldview formation. With an engaging and motivational style Joel combines his poetic performance talents and storytelling ability with his wealth of experience as a full-time writer and performer within the creative industries, as well as his 17 years of in-depth work/study focussed on emerging adults and their identity, self-understanding, worldview and vocational formation. At these events he has spoken/performed alongside Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren, John Mark McMillan, Shane Claiborne, Lisa Sharon Harper, Jason Upton, Tony Campolo, Peter Rollins, Traci Blackmon, Eugene Cho and many others. Currently he is a lecturer at Whitley Theological College in Melbourne, Australia and over the last three years has spoken in over 50 schools to more than 40 000 students.

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