Michael Ernest Sweet

Photographer, Writer, and Teacher in New York

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Michael Ernest Sweet (1979) 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 celebrity guest writers such as Justin Trudeau, Martin Sheen, Marc Garneau and Candy Spelling.

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. Additionally, Michael's photography has appeared in publications all over the world including Popular Photography, Black and White Magazine, Leica Camera, Fisheye (France), Fotografia (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 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.

Work from Michael's current Polaroid project can be seen on his 500px portfolio by using the social media button below.


The Human Fragment
Michael Sweet's Coney Island

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