Michelle Barker

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I am a writer and mother of four amazing kids. I was born and raised in Vancouver, did my undergrad in English literature at UBC, and have an MFA in creative writing. I am also a senior editor at The Darling Axe.

My published work includes poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, a picture book, and novels. Lately I’ve fallen in love with Germany—understandable, since my mother grew up there. My picture book, A Year of Borrowed Men, was nominated for several awards including the TD Canadian Children’s Literature award. My novel for teens, The House of One Thousand Eyeswas published in the Fall of 2018 with Annick Press. It won several awards, including the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, and was named a Kirkus Best Book of 2018. My novel, My Long List of Impossible Things (Annick Press), was published in 2020 and was named a Best Book for Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. It was also a finalist for the Vine Awards and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards.

Coming soon, co-authored with David G. Brown: Immersion and Emotion: The Two Pillars of Storytelling.