Michelle Poirier Brown
Michelle Poirier Brown is nêhiyaw-iskwêw and a citizen of the Métis Nation, currently living in syilx territory, BC. In 2022, her debut book of poems You Might Be Sorry You Read This was published by the University of Alberta Press and a chapbook, Intimacies, was published by Jack Pine Press. Her poem “Wake” won PRISM international’s Earle Birney Prize in 2019. The song cycle, "The Length of a Day” (Jeffrey Ryan, composer), premiered in 2021. Michelle’s poetry and prose has appeared in Arc, CV2, The Greensboro Review, Grain, Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, Plenitude, Right Hand Pointing, untethered, Vallum, and several anthologies. Her one-act play, Come, Learn to Do Laundry, is forthcoming. A feminist activist, Michelle won a landmark human rights case establishing reasonable accommodation in the workplace for breastfeeding women. Retired from careers as a speech writer, conflict analyst, and federal treaty negotiator, she now writes full time and has taken up birdwatching.