Michelle Bolton and Fats White

Michelle Bolton is a poet and events organiser with special interest in suicide prevention. A kiwi-bred universal citizen, she has lived in many countries and studied film in New York before coming back to the place she considers home: New Zealand.

Michelle is passionate about seeing more community awareness and support for people with mental health difficulties and co-ordinates for The Butterfly Diaries project due for release in 2013. She was the MC for "LIVE at The Library Bar" in 2011, and in 2012, was guest poet at "Poetry Live" and "Rhythm & Verse" and joined the Literatti pool. Michelle has been organiser and host to major events such as the Poetry Slam of the Going West Festival 2012 and The 2013 Auckland Readers and Writers Festival. Michelle is co-founder of the NZ National Poetry Slam and a current MC at Poetry Live. She is currently studying her bachelor in creative arts specialising in Creative Writing.

Michelle lives in Auckland with her husband and 3 children.