Michelle Barker

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I was born and raised in Vancouver. I attended Arts One at UBC, studied for a year at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and graduated with a BA from UBC in English literature. After a short foray into comp lit, I left the Master's program and worked as a research/editing assistant to Sherrill MacLaren. Sailed across the Pacific from Vancouver to Hawaii, had four children, lived for a summer in Montreal, a year in France, and then the Eastern Townships of Quebec for 10 years. After spending 7 years in the Okanagan, I've returned to Vancouver. I received my MFA in creative writing at UBC's optional-residency program in 2015 and work as a senior editor with https://darlingaxe.com

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Writer in Training: Pretend a Bear is Chasing You


            I remember the first spin class I ever went to. To make us work harder, the instructor suggested we pretend a bear was chasing us. I was with my daughter. We looked at each other and rolled our eyes. As if THAT would ever happen.


            Since then, I’ve had several encounters with wildlife while on my bike. I have never actually been chased on land (different story in the water

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