Email | miibarra@stanford.edu

Michelle Ibarra is a poet, visual artist, photographer and writer from San Francisco’s Mission District. Much of her work centers around her Latinx identity and her endless love for her neighborhood. Her art is deeply entwined with her activist work, which is centered around prison abolition, abolishing borders, the fight against gentrification and affordable housing advocacy. Aside from being a Latinx, artist and activist, she is also hella proud to be first generation, low income, college student.

Michelle is deeply interested in the way poetry can be used as a tool to heal generational trauma for young women in the prison system. She has assisted with poetry workshops in a women’s juvenile detention center with the goal of providing an outlet for girls to express self love and begin the process of generational healing. In high school, she spent her Friday nights performing at local open mic nights in the Mission. Michelle hopes that through sharing her art she can provide a platform to uplift the voices of others in her community.

When Michelle is not creating visual art, you can find her Salsa dancing or listening to Frank Ocean

Instagram | @michelle_naomi_ibarra