Michelle Elrick – 2013 Deep Bay Artists’ Residency

Michelle Elrick is the author of To Speak and the recipient of the 2011 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. Her award-winning poetry and fiction have been published in journals across Canada and performed at festivals and events both here and abroad. Last summer, she created a series of performance installations called Notes from the Fort: a poetic of inhabited space in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Residency project

Michelle will be working toward producing the first draft of a new book-length poetry manuscript titled From Place(s) to Place(s) (that don’t exist anymore).  This project explores the question “What is home” through place-based poems, fort building, and poetic documentations of space. During her residency, she will also construct a temporary “home” using the handmade materials from her Notes from the Fort project (2012).

Meet the Artists Series

Saturday, June 22 at 2pm
Poor Michael’s Bookshop, Onanole

Michelle will be creating a temporary installation at Poor Michael’s using the materials from her Notes for the Fort project. She will share her poetry and the intriguing poetic process she is exploring through fort building with handmade materials.


Park West School Division – Outdoor Classroom
June 12 & 13
Camp Wannakumbac Clear Lake

Using fort structures built by previous groups, Michelle will work with small groups of students to explore their notions of “What is home” through writing and poetry.