Having worked in various capacities related to art, activism and education, Michelle Sylliboy considers poetry to be her first love. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Sylliboy is a Mi’kmaq artist who was raised in her traditional Mi’kmaq territory We’koqmaq First Nation, Cape Breton. Her first book manuscript, edited by Chrystos, will be welcomed shortly in the world of poetry.
With a Bachelors of Arts degree from Emily Carr and a Masters degree in Education from SFU, Sylliboy has taught “Indigenous art theory and sculpture” to a wide range of students from kindergarten to post-secondary. Her educational pursuits are aimed at creating dialogues to occur and in creating a change in people, which also goes to show her commitment as an activist.
Similarly, her artistic temperament has benefited the community a lot, as she helped the emerging and professional poets and visual artists with the work she did with the West Coast Aboriginal Writers Collective in Vancouver B.C. She helped raise opportunities of self publishing and launching “Salish Seas: An anthology of text + image” for which she also then helped arrange a successful exhibition at Gastown’s Gallery Gachet in Vancouver. Engaged in the community, she believes in sharing knowledge with other people.
When Sylliboy is beside herself, she likes to enjoy listening to Jazz and be inspired at a moment’s notice. You can personally visit her blogspot to see more of her at: michellesylliboy.blogspot.ca/
At Surrey Muse, we look forward to have Michelle share with us her upcoming poetry, and the new visual arts project.
Surrey Muse July-Nov 2012 Program
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