To Exist Here Forever & Bloom and more art by Marissa Michel

To Exist Here Forever & Bloom, 2021

Listen Marissa's poem "To Exist Here Forever" here:

Graphic: Bloom by Marissa Michel

Marissa Michel served as the 2020 Prince George’s County Youth Poet Laureate. She is of Haitian and Puerto Rican heritage. Marissa is the recipient of multiple national gold medals for poetry in the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. Marissa was also a 2020 American Voice Nominee, and the 2020 Diaz-Mattison Poetry Prize recipient. Her newest works can be found in The Rising Phoenix Review, the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival, Love Letters To the Mothers and Fathers of the African Diaspora, and elsewhere. Marissa’s latest short film, Ode to a Sunrise, is an Official Selection in the 3rd Quarter of the 2021 Prague International Indie Film Festival, and an Official Selection in the 2021 All American High School Film Festival. Marissa resides in Prince George’s County, Maryland. More about her can be found on and

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