Elrick’s work is not only a deeply thoughtful exploration of the interstitial spaces that comprise our understandings of “home,” but it is also a meditation on what the self is constructed from.
—Jordan Abel, author of Injun and The Place of Scraps
Michelle Elrick is a poet and author originally from British Columbia. She is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University where she studied under the direction of Betsy Warland, Miranda Pearson, Daphne Marlatt and others. 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. She is the former poetry editor of Geez magazine and past coordinator of In Dialogue: the Manitoba Writers’ Guild reading series. 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. Her poem “crow (v.)” was shortlisted for the 2015 CBC Literary Award for Poetry. An internationally received artist, Elrick has read at festivals and events in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Halifax, Minneapolis, Belfast, Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Paris and Amsterdam. In 2012, with support from the Winnipeg Arts Council, she debuted a performance installation series in Reykjavik, Iceland called Notes From the Fort: a poetic of inhabited space. The following year she extended this work to sites in Scotland, Austria and Western Canada. Collaborative works include a limited edition topographic poem titled remember the old log house (As We Try & Sleep Press, 2013). In addition to her text-based work, she has also written and directed two short films, both of which have screened internationally and been awarded broadcast contracts on CBC television. Her new book, then/again, was published by Nightwood Editions’ blewointment imprint for innovative poetry late March, 2017.
Michelle Elrick juxtaposes the archetypal with deft detail and the freshest of phrasing.
—Lorna Crozier, author of What the Soul Doesn’t Want
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