Artist Bio

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. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEARFUND 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 and is a highly sought after speaker at conferences and festivals all over the world. He has four published books and four spoken word/music albums, is 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 worldwide with both his speaking and his performance poetry. Most recently being at the Nashville based STORY GATHERING conference bringing together the worlds best storytellers where Joel shared alongside DISNEY Storytellers Don Hahn and Floyd Norman as well as Morgan Harper Nichols, Cress Williams and Brad Montague (Kid President). 

In publishing Joel has released four music/spoken word albums, three published books of poetry and one creative non-fiction book focussed on the spiritual journey. 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, Red Letter Christians, New Urban World Journal, 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. He has performed/spoken alongside Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren, John Mark McMillan, Shane Claiborne, Anis Mojgani, Shane Koyczan, Propaganda, Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, Lisa Sharon Harper, Jason Upton, Tony Campolo, Peter Rollins, Traci Blackmon, Eugene Cho and many others. Currently he teaches at the Melbourne Young Writers Studio, is a lecturer at Whitley College and is constantly in schools teaching in over 50 schools to more than 40 000 students in the past five years.

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