My poetry and art practice are rituals of grief and healing from the violence of patriarchy, capitalism, and American assimilation. My work explores themes of dissociation, estrangement, generational trauma and rupture, mental health, and surviving sexual and gender trauma. Through weaving and writing, I break through the silence and shame surrounding these issues for Asian-American femmes, children of immigrants, and peoples living within the imperial core. As a survivor who struggles with dissociation and putting words to my silence, weaving has been a tactile way to ground myself back in my body, bringing me back to the soft and certain movements of my own two hands. Here, I make softness where I’ve felt a lack, and weave new relationships to myself, to others, and to this land. As an arts and cultural worker, I believe in the transformative power of intentional relationship building and collaboration across diverse cultures, backgrounds, and through the diaspora. My organizing work in the Bay Area arts community deeply informs my art practice.

Michelle Lin is a textile and mixed media artist, cultural worker, and author of the poetry collection ''A House Made of Water'' (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017). They direct the Artist Growth Program at ARTogether, working closely with Bay Area immigrant and refugee artists. Michelle was a 2021-23 Emerging Arts Professionals Fellow advocating for EDI and wellness support for arts professionals of color, a 2022 In Surreal Life Fellow encouraging community for contemporary poets, a NorCal Co-Chair for Kundiman, and co-host of “We Won’t Move: A Living Archive,” a Kearny Street Workshop podcast about Asian Pacific American arts and activism. They are passionate about building loving, liberatory spaces for diasporic and queer artists, and center the ideas of abolition, decolonization, collectivism, people power, and anti-capitalism in their arts organizing work. They hold a BA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh.