Michelle Poirier Brown

Michelle Poirier Brown

poet + performer + photographer


Intimacies is a book of 14 poems and 7 photographs. The poems span decades and speak to private experiences, thoughts unshared even with those about whom the poem may have been written. The photographs date from a period of years of near seclusion during a recovery from severe depression and are a study in the perfection of household things graced by light. The hinge between the poems and the photographs is the poem “Small Graces,” a list poem of “the things that save me.” Quality bathroom hardware. Soft boiled eggs. A desk by a window. The design was done by Patrice Snopkowski of OutWest Design.

The launch for Intimacies was held in Saskatoon on Oct 7, 2022. Only 75 copies of this chapbook were printed.

Watch The Launch

Production Photos

All photos were taken by Patrice Snopkowski.

Photo by Patrice Snopkowski

Published by Jack Pine Press

Michelle Poirier Brown is an internationally published poet and performer, currently living on the traditional unceeded territories of the syilx peoples, in Vernon, BC. She is nêhiyaw-iskwêw and a citizen of the Métis Nation. 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. Her work has appeared in Arc, CV2, The Greensboro Review, Grain, Emrys Journal, Vallum, and several anthologies. 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, enjoys the produce of her permaculture garden, and has taken up birdwatching.