A.K.A. Michael Mira. I was made in the Philippines, prepped in New York City, and cultivated in Texas. I’m a self-diagnosed freelance writer, independent researcher and digital/film photographer. I’ve been blogging since 2003. My interests are eclectic, but I tend to write a lot about the urbanscape, technology, and social anthropology. I construct poems and occasional short fiction on the side as expressive therapy, some of which can be seen at Bay Laurel, Mused: BellaOnline Literary Review, Poetry Pacific, Coalesce Magazine, and The Nervous Breakdown, among other publications. I’m currently working on my book for Lamar University Press about the socioeconomic implications of abandoned buildings and ghost towns in Texas.
There are always new ideas being manufactured in my brain, some of which materialize into projects. As an independent scholar, I’m constantly expanding my knowledge by taking an eclectic range of courses at different (traditional and non-traditional) schools. I took filmmaking classes in 2008 only to end up making no-budget videos. I run a humble online shop called Cloud Empire (under construction at the moment), where I sell original toys, games invented out of boredom, art conceived from dreams, as well as children’s books I wrote on dollar-store notebooks and deli napkins during subway commutes.
I also collect/read/sell vintage books and comics, as well as rare magazines and zines. My master plan is to build the largest independent public library in the world that would be open 24/7/365.
As an occasional English tutor who helps recent immigrants improve their speaking and writing skills, I learned a lot of things about the politics and power of language. I’m also a freelance Tagalog-English interpreter. My most memorable assignment was a human trafficking case for a law firm.
You can purchase my original creations on Ekphrasis.