It is always good to see flowers spring up from the density of the forest. Tracey Michae’l Lewis is the newest flower on the forest floor. It will be wonderful to watch her grow. – Nikki Giovanni, Legendary poet and professor at Virginia Tech University
As a writer, educator, and publisher, Tracey Michae’l Lewis-Giggetts offers those who hear her speak and read her work an authentic experience; an opportunity to explore the intersection of identity (race, class, and culture) and faith/spirituality at the deepest levels. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Kentucky, an M.B.A. in Marketing from Montclair State University in New Jersey, and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh-Dickinson University. She is a professor of English at the Community College of Philadelphia.
As a writer, Tracey has published two award-winning poetry collections and is the author of seven additional books, including The Integrated Church: Strategies for Multicultural Ministry (Beacon Hill) her novel, The Search for Susu, and a collection of essays and stories, Diaper Bags and Church Shoes: Living at the Intersection of Faith and Motherhood. Additionally, Tracey’s writing has been published in print and online publications such as The Guardian, TheRoot.com, Ebony.com, The Chronicle for Higher Education, MyBrownBaby.com, DAME Magazine, and more.
From 2012 to 2014, this Louisville, KY native served as the Managing Editor at CLC Publications, where she was involved in shaping the work of wonderful writers like Fred Hartley, Matt Mitchell, and others. She is currently the founder and President of NewSeason Books, an independent publisher of what she calls “transformational literature.” Most recently, Tracey was honored at the 2016 BlogHer Conference by SheKnows Media as one of the “Voices of the Year” for her nuanced and creative perspective on mental health, PTSD, and self-care.
…Inspiration—simple, beautiful, always on time—is the magic that Tracey brings to each and every one of her words. Her [work is] part sermon, part heart-to-heart conversations between friends—the kind of real talk that’s relatable and affirming and full of teachable moments…People pay good money to lie on a therapists’ couch for this kind of practical insight. – Denene Millner, Author and Founder of MyBrownBaby.com
After hearing Tracey speak on multi-cultural ministry at a national conference, I invited her to speak at our regional event. I coordinate a roundtable gathering of church communicators in Central Indiana. Tracey was our featured speaker recently. She lowered barriers that opened conversation and she raised expectations for what effective multi-cultural ministry can be. She is smart, articulate has the stories to share that only come from experience. Her message is based in scripture and the concepts, while challenging, were easy to grasp. I believe many conferences and events would benefit from having Tracey speak. As one woman recently told me, “the Church speaking world needs more women voices.” I shared with her that Tracey is worth listening to and learning from. – Evan McBroom, Fishhook