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Michelle Elrick

Photo: Michael Belyea 2018

Michelle Elrick is a writer and performer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her most recent release is Photon Touch, a chapbook/studio album of poetry and music created in collaboration with Michael Belyea (River of Diamonds/Trunk Sale, 2019). Elrick's latest full-length book, then/again, was published by Nightwood Editions’ blewointment imprint for innovative poetry in 2017. She is a graduate of The Writers' Studio at Simon Fraser University where she studied under the direction of Betsy Warland, Miranda Pearson, Daphne Marlatt and others. She was the recipient of the 2017 Arty Award for Literary Excellence, the 2011 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer, and was shortlisted for the CBC Literary Award for Poetry in 2015. Her work has appeared in Geist, Prairie Fire, Poetry is Dead, Canadian Literature, Event and other journals, and she was featured on the cover of CV2 magazine’s Winter 2011 edition. An internationally received artist, Elrick has read at festivals and events in Minneapolis, Belfast, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Paris, Amsterdam and all across Canada. In 2012 she debuted a performance installation series in Reykjavik, Iceland called Notes From the Fort: a poetic of inhabited space. In addition to her text-based work, she has also written and directed several poetry films, which have screened internationally and been awarded broadcast contracts on CBC television. She is currently working on a novel.

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then/again. Nightwood Editions, 2017
Photon Touch. Trunk Sale Independent Press, 2019
remember the old log house. As We Try & Sleep Press, 2013
To Speak. The Muses' Co., 2010


CBC Literary Award for Poetry (shortlist) for "crow (v.)", 2015
Arty Award for Literary Excellence for then/again, 2017
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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