Joel McKerrow is a writer, speaker, educator, community arts worker and one of Australia’s most successful internationally touring performance poets. Based out of Melbourne, Australia he is the Artist Ambassador for the aid and development organisation ‘TEAR Australia’ and was the co-founder of community arts organisation, 'The Centre for Poetics and Justice' (2010-2013). Joel was the third ever Australian representative at the Individual World Poetry Slam Championships in the USA (2012), was invited to perform his own show at the famed Nuyorican Poets Cafe in NYC, was invited to perform at the Sydney Opera House at the Australian National Poetry Slam Finals in 2013 and is a TEDx speaker and performer.
Within Whitley College Joel is part of the NEXT team and runs the Second Year NEXT2 program, which focusses upon vocational discernment. He has been a youth minister, youth worker and faculty member at Tabor College Victoria where he was running a course for a number of years focussed on emerging adult spiritual formation and identity formation. During the last ten years of work within theological colleges he has lectured in youth ministry, youth spirituality, culture and sociology of youth, creativity and spirituality, narrative arts therapy, vocational discernment, social engagement, spiritual formation, theological thought, the Kingdom of God and more. Joel has a B.Arts (Psych), B.Th (Theology), Cert. IV TAA (Training and Assessment) and M.Arts (Vocational Practice).
Joel, in 2012, released his first published book Beyond Rhetoric – Writings in the Tradition of Kahlil Gibran (published by UNOH publishing with foreword by Fr. Richard Rohr) and his debut spoken word album One Foot in the Clay. In 2013 he released his second spoken word album and first straight book of poetry both named These Wandering Feet: Reflection from a travelling pilgrim (released through The Poatina Tree label). And in 2015 released his third studio album of poetry/music. Joel is passionate about discovering a new way to live outside the system of the Empire of Greed and spends much of his time trying to match his actions with this belief.