Michelle Porter

Michelle Porter (she/her) is a writer and scholar from the Métis homeland and living in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a descendent of the Métis Goulet family from the Manitoba Red River, and the author of the memoirs Approaching Fire and Scratching River. A Grandmother Begins the Story is her first novel. Her first book of poetry, Inquiries, was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for Best Book of Poetry, Canada 2019. She teaches creative writing at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

Award-winning author Michelle Porter makes her fiction debut with an enchanting and original story of the unrivaled desire for healing and the power of familial bonds across five generations of Métis women and the land and bison that surround them.

This extraordinary novel, told by a chorus of vividly realized, funny, wise, confused, struggling characters—including descendants of the bison that once freely roamed the land—heralds the arrival of a stunning new voice in literary fiction.

My writing desk overlooks Circular Road in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Love sitting here. 

Glory by NoViolet Bulawayo. Tells the story of the fall of an oppressive regime in which all the people are dogs or horses. This book takes you places no other book has. 

My grandmother. Her bravery, resilience and her beautiful sense of humour. 

I come from a long line of Métis musicians and fiddlers and this music shapes the stories I tell. 

I would love to write a science fiction novel as an opportunity to play with a world removed from the real world and I’d also like to write a murder mystery to play within the gritty boundaries of the real world. 

I’m a Virgo through and through. That means I overthink things and I have a perfectionist streak, both of which come in handy while writing, but are less useful in other areas of my life! 

The Circle by Katherena Vermette.

Can I have more than one superpower? I’d let a spider bite me, or fall into a vat of nuclear waste for super strength and the ability to fly!