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

Winner of gold National Magazine award in personal journalism (2002). Finalist for TD Canadia
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Writer in Training: Swimmers, Take Your Mark

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Several years ago, one of my kids swam competitively for one season, and I discovered the world of swim meets: psych sheets and heat sheets, forearms covered in numbers (distance, race number, heat number, and lane number). As seems to happen often, when I am sitting on the sidelines, I get ideas. That was how I ended up playing hockey for a few years (badly, it’s true, but oh it was fu...Langford


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“The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it.”
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“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man's will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.”
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