Michael Ernest Sweet

Photographer, Writer, and Teacher in New York

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Michael Ernest Sweet is a Canadian educator, writer, and former photographer.

Michael taught in Montreal public schools between 2003 and 2015 as a full faculty member for the English Montreal School Board. During this time he founded Learning for a Cause, a nonprofit student press that has published more than 1500 young writers in more than a dozen full-length anthologies. Michael received two of Canada's highest awards for his exceptional service to education, a Prime Minister's Award in 2009 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Michael is the author of three full-length street 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 been widely published in such magazines as Black and White, Popular Photography, Digital Camera, The Village Voice, and regularly in the Huffington Post, among others. Michael photographed the streets and beaches of Montreal and New York City almost compulsively between 2009 and 2017. A recent critical essay on Michael's photography, written by Will Cordeiro, can be read in The Diagram.

As a writer, Michael’s essays, poems, short stories, and interviews have appeared widely including in the legendary Evergreen Review, English Journal, Reed Magazine, and in the Huffington Post. Michael is a regular contributor to Canadian Teacher and Photo Life Magazines, as well as online at the Huffington Post.

Michael Sweet lives in New York City. He is no longer active as a photographer.

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