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Michelle Willms, writer and editor


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

      "Twenty, Four, and Seven" 

      Dance to Death (Sorrowland Press), 2008


      "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

 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.

      "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.

                                             Comics and Illustrations 

    "Prison", Instagram, 2023



Michelle holds two degrees from McMaster University, and is currently a Creative Writing MFA candidate at the University of British Columbia through the Optional-Residency Program. She is the 2021/2022 recipient of the Norman L. Rothstein Memorial Scholarship, awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Creative Writing to a student who has shown ability in writing poetry. 


Michelle and her family live in Southern Ontario, Canada, as settlers on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Ojibway/Chippewa, and Haudenosaunee peoples. 


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 Associate Producer for the award-winning short film, QUIET (My Bubble Films), 2022 

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