Featured Poet: Michelle Sylliboy

Ocean water wave photo



My lungs are filling up

ocean air working

to the tenderness of

natural knowledge it seeks


completely inspired

by the music she creates daily


sudden memories hit

like a wave crashing

against the rocks

we call our grandfathers


time made no effort

to be part of the moment

she seized the landscape for

an opportunity to let us know

life is temporary do not waste it


Michelle Sylliboy (Mi’kmaq/L’nu)

Award winning author and Interdisciplinary artist Michelle Sylliboy (Mi’kmaq/L’nu) was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised on her traditional L’nuk territory in We’koqmaq, Cape Breton. While living on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Sylliboy completed a BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and a Masters in Education from Simon Fraser University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Simon Fraser University’s Philosophy of Education program, where she is working to reclaim her original written komqwej’wikasikl language. Her collection of photography and L’nuk hieroglyphic poetry, Kiskajeyi—I Am Ready, was published by Rebel Mountain Press in 2019.