Michele Somerville has long worked as an educational activist engaged in opposing racism in and other forms of educational discrimination (in in particular that which targets persons with developmental disabilities)  The mother of three grown children, all of whom attended New York City Public Schools, Somerville has a special interest in New York City's public schools.

Somerville is an award-winning poet and writer and is the author of three books of verse, Black Irish, WISEGAL and Glamourous Life (forthcoming in 2018). Her bylines have appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Religion Dispatches et al,

During the 1980s Somerville worked as a classroom teacher in the Bronx (NYC), teaching 1st and 6th grades; junior, sophomore, senior and A.P. English. Following that she taught (writing—remedial, scholarly, creative writing and senior thesis advisement) in New York's state and city public university systems for ten years.

Since that time, Somerville has engaged extensively in community education as a volunteer. She worked as an after-school tutor for six years at 826NYC in Brooklyn, tutored as part of outreach with the Osborne Association, and at John Jay Complex in Brooklyn. Somerville was graduated with a B.A. in literature from Purchase College, holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Poetry from Brooklyn College and is currently a full-time Candidate for Masters of Theological Studies at Harvard.

Contract Michele Somerville at mmsnypoet@gmail.com. Follow Somerville on Twitter: @bored-o-ed.