Contact and Bio

Painting by Lauren Grace Fox

Shelley Marie Motz writes about art and culture, place and identity, history and theology from her home on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations, where she has lived as a settler for most of her life.

A lapsed anthropologist, you will often find her sifting through cultural and historical artifacts, searching for stories that were buried (or voices that were silenced) long ago.

She writes poetry and essays, reviews books, and even delivers the occasional sermon or homily. All through a feminist lens.

Her work has appeared in Room Magazine, Plenitude, The Timberline Review, Prairie Fire and The Globe & Mail among other print and online publications. In 2016, she was awarded the CANSCAIIP Prize for Best Children’s Picture Book Manuscript for her unpublished story, Solomon’s Football.

Shelley is currently writing her first novel, a coming-of-age story set in Ukraine during the Holodomor, a famine orchestrated by Stalin during the early 1930s. Other projects include a monthly newsletter called Sift. Shift. Lift. and a forthcoming series of broadsides featuring previously published poems. Some of the broadsides will feature original work by artist Lauren Grace Fox.

If you’d like to invite Shelley to read at your event or if you just wish to say hi, email

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