Michele Kotler founded Community-Word Project in 1997. She is a graduate of the NYC public school system. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA from the University of Michigan, where she also taught creative writing. She has served on the boards of The Catalog for Giving (now Spark NYC), The Association of Teaching Artists and the New York City Arts-in-Education Roundtable. She is a member of the Writers In the Schools Alliance (WITSA).