Israfel Sivad is the pen name for Baltimore, MD-based author Michael Adams. Originally from Whittier, CA, he is the founder of Ursprung Collective, an international spoken word/music project, which has been referred to as "fantastic brain food" on ReverbNation. He holds a Master's degree in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research in New York City. His first novel, "Crossroads Blues," has been compared to the work of Fyodor Dostoevsky (Palmetto Review). His second novel, "The Adversary's Good News," was a finalist for the 2016 Chanticleer Paranormal Book Award. His writing is known for offering cryptic commentaries on human nature, heavy with references to contemporary culture and mythology. Stories and poems by Israfel Sivad have appeared in the Santa Fe Literary Review, The Stray Branch, Badlands Literary Journal, Examining the Odd, and The Charles Carter.
In Heaven a spirit doth dwell
“Whose heart-strings are a lute”;
None sing so wildly well
As the angel Israfel,
And the giddy stars (so legends tell),
Ceasing their hymns, attend the spell
Of his voice, all mute.
- From Israfel by Edgar Allan Poe