Michael Ernest Sweet

Photographer, Writer, and Teacher in New York

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Michael Ernest Sweet MA, MLA, is a Canadian award-winning educator, writer, and photographer. Michael taught in Montreal public schools from 2003 to 2015 and founded a nonprofit student press, Learning for a Cause, during that time. Learning for a Cause has published more than 1500 young writers in nearly a dozen full-length publications and has featured, among others, celebrity guest writers such as Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and legendary actor, Martin Sheen.

Michael is the author of three full-length photography monographs - The Human Fragment and Michael Sweet's Coney Island, both from Brooklyn Arts Press, and Disposable Camera, from Purple Poetry Press. Michael's books have received praise from photographers such as Martin Parr, Roger Ballen, and Harold Feinstein. Additionally, Michael's photography has appeared in publications all over the world including Popular Photography, Black and White Magazine, Leica Camera, Fisheye (France), Fotografia Italia (Italy), Digital Camera (UK), le Journal de la Photographie (France), The Village Voice, as well as regularly in The Huffington Post.

As a writer, Michael's articles, essays, and poems have appeared in numerous publications including the Evergreen Review, English Journal, Adirondack Review, and Reed Magazine. Michael was a regular contributor to Canadian Teacher Magazine for several years and now writes regularly for Photo Life.

Michael is currently at work on a number of projects including a series of Polaroids, which are expected to be published in book form in 2018.

Michael Sweet is a national recipient of both a Prime Minister's Award and The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for significant contributions to education and the arts in Canada. Michael lives in New York City.


The Human Fragment
Michael Sweet's Coney Island
Disposable Camera

  • Education
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • St. Mary's University