Michelle Chan Brown was born in London and grew up in Prague, Krakow, Moscow, Belgrade and Kiev. Her first book, Double Agent, was winner of the 2012 Kore First Book Award, judged by Bhanu Kapil. Her second book, Motherland, with Wolves, won the 2015 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from the Washington Writer’s Publishing House. Her work has appeared in Blackbird, Cimarron Review, The Missouri Review, Witness and many other journals and anthologies.
A Kundiman fellow and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Michelle is poetry editor of Drunken Boat. In 2015, she completed a Fulbright scholarship in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She currently lives in New England, where she is at work on non-fiction and a third poetry collection.
Of Motherland, With Wolves, Laura Kasischke wrote: “Hovering between the psychological and the social worlds, these poems explore completely new terrain. There’s such inner intensity to this book, every page of which is a vehicle driven at high speed through strangely familiar places. Michelle Brown’s images are startling, uncanny, as her metaphors are weird and true. Her language is razor sharp, startling in its precision, while the mystery of this world is honored with restraint and enigma, too. Motherland, With Wolves is the work of the poet whose readers will be changed from viewing the world as she brings it to them with her wild eye.”
Read an interview with Michelle Chan Brown here.