Michelle Willms, author


Short Fiction

      "Old Car" 

      THIS SIDE OF THE DIVIDE: Stories of the American West Anthology (Baobab Press), 2019

      "Verging on Blue"  

      Black Dandy: Fiction For the Fearless, Issue 2, 2018

      "The Safe Side of the Chain" 

      Scrivener Creative Review and Lieu Commun's Joint Bilingual Issue (by invitation), 2017

      "Uncle Léo of the North"

      Scrivener Creative Review, Issue 42, 2017

      *Thank you to the Abitibi/Wahgoshig First Nation people for allowing me to use their First Nation name in this story.


      Scrivener Creative Review, Issue 41, 2016


      "Twenty, Four, and Seven" 

      Dance to Death (Sorrowland Press), 2008

 Creative Nonfiction

      "The Kill Switch"  

      Hippocampus Magazine, May/June Issue, 2020

      *Thank you to my old friend, Mike, for allowing me to use personal parts of his life story in this essay. 


      "i carry no scythe"

      In/Words, Volume 12.1, 2012

      "Death to iPhone"

      The Writers Block, Issue 3, 2009

      *Published under pen name, Avery Dumont.

      "Nature's Heartbeat"

      Beneath the Harvest Moon (National Library of Poetry), 1996

      *Recipient of the Editor's Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry.

      *Published under maiden name, Michelle Kretz.



I hold two degrees from McMaster University, and I'm currently a Creative Writing

MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia through the Optional-Residency


My family and I live in Southern Ontario, Canada, as settlers on the traditional 

territory of the Anishinaabeg, Ojibway/Chippewa, and Haudenosaunee peoples. 

Thank you for visiting my website, and please don't hesitate to reach out. 


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      Associate Producer for the forthcoming short film, QUIET (My Bubble Films), 2022