Michael E. Reid is a Poet, Author, Speaker, and Publisher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Michael’s story started after a failed relationship and unsuccessful suicide attempt, he found himself in a hospital bed with a heavy heart and blank composition book. What started out as writing therapy for a man, who lost his way, exploded into one of the largest contemporary poetry inspired movements of our time.
Mike used his new-found talent as a writer to establish a social media platform dedicated to the inspiration, enlightenment, and encouragement of women. Five years removed from his first poem, Mike has penned four books, Just Words, Just Words 2, Dear Woman, and The Boyfriend Book respectively. As of Summer, 2017, Michael’s digital and print sales have ballooned to 250,000 copies sold. To date Mike has reached over 200,000 women across three social platforms “Just Mike the Poet”.
Mike is always dedicated to giving his supporters what they wanted. He began doing one-off poetry performances in and around his hometown. Small spoken word cafes and restaurants would be jammed packed without proper event planning and marketing.
Mike along with the help of “Vision” (Perry Divirgilio) and Jamarr Hall set out to create their own poetry showcase. Resulting in three tours consisting of over twenty cities in three years — stretching from San Francisco to South Beach Miami. For three tours over 50,000 people attended. In total, Mike has had over 160 independently organized events in thirty-three cities and five countries around the world. He also has spoken and performed at over 20 colleges and universities. Mike has sat on dozens of panels, facilitated workshops , delivered tear-jerking keynote speeches, and volunteered at a local female juvenile treatment facility.
Mike’s publishing company, DOPE Publishing, specializes in teaching rather than taking from his clients. Since its inception in 2014, Mike has assisted in the publishing of 44 books for other people. Combined, his authors have sold an additional 100,000 books in their own right. It is apparent that Mike has dedicated the life he almost lost to other people.