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Michelle Elrick

Photo: Peter Kralik 2013

Michelle Elrick is a poet and fiction writer from British Columbia and Manitoba. Growing up on a mountain overlooking the Fraser Valley contributed to a sense of perspective that has continued to develop in her writing. Now on Canada’s great plain, she writes in a studio overlooking Winnipeg’s historic Exchange district. Her first book, a collection of poems titled To Speak, was published by The Muses’ Company in 2010. The following year she received the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Her work has appeared in Geist, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, Canadian Literature, Event and other journals, and she was featured on the cover of CV2 magazine’s Winter 2011 edition. Since 2005, she has read at festivals and events in Vancouver, Winnipeg, London, Kingston, Belfast and Copenhagen, and toured Canada as an accompanist banjo-player and singer. Over the summer of 2012, she produced a series of performance installations in Reykjavik, Iceland called “Notes from the Fort: a poetic of inhabited space,” which she will be touring with throughout 2013.


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To Speak. The Muses' Co., 2010


John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, 2011
Show me the Book Contest for To Speak, 2009
Geist's Literally Literal Postcard Story Competition, 3rd Place for "Layover", 2012
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