Poet, Spoken Word Artist

Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Author's Bio

Marcel "Fable" Price

...Is a North American writer, teaching artist, community advocate, motivational speaker, and executive director of non profit organization The Diatribe.

Fable is the 2016 recipient of a Community Advocate Award, a 2017 40 Under 40 Honoree, and is the currently holding the title of Poet Laureate.

He is the author of "Adrift in a Sea of M&M's" (2016) and is currently working to finish his second collection of poems titled New American Monarch; an extroverted caterpillars guide to becoming an introverted butterfly. Among other goals, Fable hopes to launch a youth center focused in preforming arts, writing, and community advocacy in the 49507.

As the youngest, first person without a college degree, and only person of color to hold the title of Poet Laureate in Grand Rapids, MI his work has been heavily influenced by contorting personal experiences into a kaleidoscope used to examine glass ceilings for points of fragility.

He lives to be a beacon of vulnerability for those that can relate to his work.

His work has previously been used by PBS, The Flynn Foundation, Mental Health America, and Habitat for Humanity. His poems have appeared in Missouri Review, The Grand Rapids Grass Roots Anthology, The Spoon Knife Anthology, Button Poetry, and Write About Now.

Publications & Prizes


Adrift in a Sea of M&M's (Autonomous Press, 2016)

Spoken Word

Kehinde (2019)
An Open Letter to Grand Rapids (2018)
God Bless America (2017)
Don't Mind Me (2016)
Race Together (2016)
Little Timmy (2015)
Prizes won: 

Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids Michigan (2017-2020)

Miller Audio Prize for Poetry - Missouri Review

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Danez Smith Siaara Freeman Natasha T. Miller Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib Mahogany Browne Rudy Francisco
What I'm reading now: 
Home Girl Hood by Ebony Stewart, Helium by Rudy Francisco

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
African American
Prefers to work with: 
At Risk Youth, Children, Illness/Wellness, Incarcerated individuals, Men, Mental Health
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Lansing, MI
Raised in: 
Ypsilanti, MI
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Last update: Sep 03, 2020