Michael Kuelker is a teacher and writer living in St. Louis, MO. Kuelker is the editor of the spiritual autobiography Book of Memory: A Rastafari Testimony (CaribSound 2005), composed by Jamaican Rasta elder Prince Elijah Williams, and since 1997, he has co-hosted “Positive Vibrations,” a roots and culture radio show on KDHX 88.1 FM in St. Louis.
In 2003, he produced Communication Drums (CaribSound) a Nyahbinghi album by Mt. Salem, Jamaica-based Prince Tebah & the Sons of Thunder. In addition to penning articles and reviews for The Beat, Peace Review, Jahworks.org and the KDHX blog on reggae and Caribbean literature, Michael Kuelker contributed interview material and research for Amnesty International’s 2008 report and campaign on gun violence and human rights in Jamaica.
From 2010-12, he narrated and produced a series of podcasts about Wingless Angels, the Steer Town-based Nyahbinghi group which included Keith Richards and Justin Hinds. At the February 2010 International Reggae Conference in Kingston, Kuelker gave a presentation titled “The Many Functions of the Bus in Jamaican Music: The Reggae Aesthetic in Motion,” and in August 2012, he gave a presentation at the “Justin Hinds at 70” symposium at the Seville Great House in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica.