Michael Sowiski graduated in 2003 and has been busy ever since. He coordinated the America Reads program in Oberlin, training and placing Oberlin College students as literacy tutors in Oberlin Public School classrooms. The following year, he co-founded and co-directed Bike for Democracy with Oberlin alums Brianna Cayo-Cotter and Rosa Goldberg. Bike for Democracy was a cross-country voter registration and civic engagement cycling project with 10 riders who biked from Portland, Oregon to Washington, DC. The team registered over 2,500 young voters, volunteered with local community organizations, performed outreach and education on voting rights, and executed get out the vote drives.
In 2005, Michael joined Teach for America, and taught literacy and special education in the South Bronx. He currently teaches in the New York City public schools and is an adjunct education instructor at Pace University. He continues to be involved in literacy, voting rights, and community organizing projects, as well as reading, writing, cooking, and keeping up with life.
Michael sees his time in the Oberlin Creative Writing department as a formative experience that has powerfully influenced him. "Pragmatically, having worked in a variety of different professional settings, I see on a daily basis a dire need for good communicators and writers. These are the very skills I bring to the table in all of my work, and I honed them at Oberlin. In a less quantifiable, but no less profound way, writing has helped me become a more thoughtful and connected person. Finding ways of thinking and feeling myself into another person's experience, creative problem solving, presenting perspectives and stories; these are all skills I use in teaching, counseling, writing, and living every day. I am extremely privileged to have worked with the faculty and students of the Creative Writing department, and am thankful for every moment I spent in the program."