Michelle Poirier Brown is a Cree Métis poet, performer, and photographer, currently living in Lekwungen territory (Victoria, BC). Her poem “Wake,” published in PRISM international’s “Dreams” issue, was awarded the Earle Birney Prize. Other poetry has appeared in Arc, CV2, Grain, Open Minds, Plenitude and Vallum; the chapbooks Ekphrasis: Poets Respond; I am what becomes of broken branch; and Tending the Fire; and the anthologies Dis(s)ent, RAWSIY II and Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds.
A feminist activist, Michelle was the first woman in Canada to win a court case establishing reasonable accommodation in the workplace for breastfeeding women. Now retired from a career as a professional writer and, later, conflict analyst and Federal treaty negotiator, she is giving voice to stories she has been sheltering for forty years.
She continues to write about her research in Transylvania that was the focus of a Community Sabbatical Fellowship at the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, in 2017.
Her more personal work follows three major themes: Indigenous identity, queer identity, and speaking the unspeakable.