Michelle Michau-Crawford is a Perth-based writer of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her short story Leaving Elvis won the prestigious ABR (Australian Book Review) Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize in 2013. Her debut book of fiction Leaving Elvis and Other Stories (UWAP) was published in 2016. She has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature, and has a particular interest in Australian women’s literary fiction. Her research project explored questions of memory, identity and experience along with notions of social connectedness. These questions continue to inform her writing today.
Michelle’s short stories and poetry have been published in magazines and journals such as Westerly, Spiny Babbler and Australian Book Review. Other writing has appeared online and in print publications in Australia and internationally. She has published academic book chapters, presented research papers at Australian and international academic conferences, and had a play produced for stage and radio.
She has worked as an academic lecturer and tutor, speech writer, researcher, freelance corporate writer and editor. She facilitates workshops in the community, has been a guest panellist at literary festivals and community events, and has judged several writing competitions.
Currently Michelle is working on her second book of fiction, mentors emerging writers privately and is undertaking a Masters in French Studies.