Michelle wrote her first short story at nine years-old and had published a few short stories and poetry before thirty. Despite poor reading comprehension, she persisted, and was fortunate to get a few things written and published. It wasn't until she wrote All the Leaving over ten years that she faced the biggest challenge and long shot of her life.
Michelle's first film, Silence, was screened at Los Angeles Film Forum and showcased for three years at the Director's Guild of America Theater in Los Angeles. Her film, Pinfeathers, is archived as part of the viewing library at Scarecrow Video in Seattle, Washington, the largest video and film archive in the United States. Her film, Pinfeathers, was selected by AFI to be one of only 13 films included in the Tribeca Reframe AFI Collection. Michelle was interviewed in American Film Magazine, Seattle Times, and by the New York Times.
I was tricked by memory into believing that, ‘Life is a river of sorrows’. Now, after committing memory to writing, I know that memory doesn't occupy our minds so much as our hearts. It’s less about what exact events happened, or even IF they happened than it is about what our hearts can endure. Putting memories down on paper unburdened me and delivered me to my own true life. I am now free.