Michelle Poirier Brown is a Cree Métis poet and performer from Selkirk, Manitoba, currently living in Victoria, BC. Her poem "Wake" has appeared in PRISM international’s DREAMS issue, and was awarded the Earle Birney Prize. Other work has appeared in Dis(s)ent (George Elliot Clarke, Sanita Fejzić, eds.), CV2 Magazine 42.1 Summer issue, and Grain Magazine 46.5 Indigenous Writers and Storytellers issue. She has work forthcoming in Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, a Caitlin Press 2020 anthology.
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.