Michael “Chief” Peterson marries social consciousness with mellow poetic verses. Born and raised in New Britain, CT, he declares himself a man dedicated to his family and focused on helping our youth. Chief not only speaks about social inequities and individual struggle, but he acts to change the cycle.
Chief is the playwright of and actor in his one-man show, I Wish Life Had Training Wheels. Chief was recently appointed as the first ever Poet Laureate of his hometown, New Britain Connecticut. He appeared on Seasons four and five of the TvOne hit series Lexus Verses and Flow. He is the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Connecticut Spoken Word Grand Slam Champion. Chief was featured at the Kallio Block Party in Helsinki, Finland. He also performed at the 2012 London Olympics.
From the high school where he works to the stages where he performs, this poet on the rise turns his art into action while inspiring people to do the same. Chief currently resides in New Britain and has worked the past 12 years at New Britain High School as the Dean of Students and has two beautiful children Mia (5) and Major (2) This is a performer who literally practices what he preaches. From the high school where he works to the stages where he performs, this poet on the rise is about turning his art into action and inspiring people to do the same.
Chief’s shared the stage on this very special episode of Verses and Flow with his lovely daughter, Mia Julian. She entered the poetry scene at the tender age of four. She had several performances within her first six months of performing poetry. Mia performed at the CT Dads Matter Too Fatherhood Conference at Central Connecticut State University, and has had her work featured in schools across the country. Mia is excited about entering kindergarten and learning how to read and write, so she can begin writing her own poems to share with other children. She says “some people don’t know how to do poems, so I want to teach them”.