Michele Cacano has published both fiction and nonfiction over the years, in magazines, anthologies, and zines. She is co-founder and lead facilitator of the Seattle Writers Meetup, est. 2007, that currently meets once a week in Seattle. The group is large and diverse, with a focus on supporting writers in their personal writing goals and helping them create the best writing possible.
Michele counts many diverse Renaissaince humans among her influences, such as Benjamin Franklin, Katharine Hepburn, Leonardo DaVinci, Elvis Presley, Cher, Carl Jung, Dorothy Parker, Amadeus Mozart, Clive Barker, Craig Ferguson, Debbie Harry, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Tristan Tzara, and David Bowie. Art is paramount to life, and all aspects of life are opportunities for art and artistic expression.
Born in Baltimore on February 1st, 1971, Michele was raised in rural Harford County, Maryland, where she was a trained equestrian, avid reader, and student of the arts. She studied art history, drawing, painting, photography, English and American literature, film history, vocal training, music theory, acoustic guitar, French language, ASL, and, later, Japanese language, among other subjects. Her parents, mother Mary (née Ladd), a ballroom dance instructor and homemaker, and Anthony, a home construction company owner and operator, always supported Michele’s artistic vision and creative pursuits.
During the years of her public education, Michele won numerous awards for her horsemanship, visual art, creative writing, and leadership skills. Her high school sponsored travels to The United Kingdom and Europe provided further perspective on life and the arts for Michele and her work. With dreams of living the artist’s life in New York squeezed by financial restrictions, she moved to London at age eighteen, only to return before the end of the year. Then, at the age of twenty, she made a permanent change of address to Seattle, where she has since married, raise several cats, and created a successful business of her own, in massage therapy. Her love of travel has continued with much time spent in Tokyo and Japan, Morocco, Mexico, Canada, and other parts of the United States.
In the nineteen-nineties, most of Michele’s employment was in the restaurant trade, making a living as a cook, a waitress, a hostess, a barista, and a juice bar manager. But, always there were the artistic side streams of interest and income, as a jewelry maker, a singer, a dancer, a drummer, a writer, a tarot card reader, a stage emcee for poetry slams, a contributor of art and words to zines, a music and event reviewer. Even now, Michele enjoys a variety of music, art, theatre, literary, and performance events and communities.