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Michelle Good is a writer of Cree ancestry and a member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. She obtained her law degree from UBC after three decades of working with Indigenous communities and organizations. Good earned her MFA in creative writing at UBC and won the HarperCollins/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction in 2018. Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published in magazines and anthologies across Canada. Good lives in south-central British Columbia.

Award History

2020 Finalist

Writers' Trust Fiction Prize
for Five Little Indians

Jury Citation

“Michelle Good’s Five Little Indians poignantly underscores the tragedies and triumphs of residential school survival unlike any other Canadian novel. Through five profoundly intimate perspectives, Good skillfully details the brutality endured by Indigenous children at a British Columbia residential school and the complex ways trauma defines their adult lives. Like many survivors of this violent school system, they’re left on their own to heal in a hostile urban environment. Through heartache and hope, Good binds the five survivors together in an elaborate interconnected narrative of resilience. The result is unique portrayal of unvanquished Indigenous spirit rising above Canada’s shameful history.”

— 2020 WT Fiction Prize Jury (Elisabeth de Mariaffi, Waubgeshig Rice, and Yasuko Thanh)

Works recognized by WT