Michelle Elvy

Michelle Elvy is a writer, editor and manuscript assessor based. In 2020, in addition to her other editing work, she is teaching at 52|250 A Year of Writing. Her new book, the everrumble (Ad Hoc Fiction 2019), is a small novel in small forms.


Michelle is Assistant Editor for the international Best Small Fictions series, Reviews Editor of takahē and founder of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction and  National Flash Fiction Day NZHer anthology work includes Flash Fiction International (W. W. Norton 2015; associate editor), Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (CUP 2018; co-editor) and Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand, edited with Paula Morris and James Norcliffe (forthcoming 2020). She has guest edited at SmokeLong Quarterly, Reflex Fiction and other journals, and has judged the Whangarei Poetry Walk, the I Must Be Off Travel Writing competition and the Bath Flash Fiction Award, among other national and international competitions.


Michelle’s poetry, fiction, travel writing, creative nonfiction and reviews have been widely published and anthologised. More at michelleelvy.com.


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the everrumble

A poetic imagining of intense focus and sweeping ideas.

Zettie’s story is fluid and in motion, transcending geographies and time. She stops talking, at age seven, and starts to listen – to the worlds she finds in language and books, and to the people and places she encounters as she moves across continents. Her silence connects her to people, to nature and to the elemental world. Magical and beyond boundaries, this collection focuses on small fragments, taking Zettie, and the reader, to the place where human history began.

‘luminous’ -Tracey Slaughter

‘stunningly original’ -Robert Scotellaro

‘small-but-enormous’ -Tania Hershman

‘a tour de force’ -Christopher Allen

'the best book I’ve read in a decade’ -TM Upchurch

‘a loving homage to our beleaguered planet’ - Catherine McNamara


Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand

Slippery, and exciting … The stories come at you directly, and then turn askance, and then slap you in the face’ -Allan Drew

Bonsai brings together a pioneering collection of flash fiction and associated forms (prose poetry and haibun) from 165 writers in Aotearoa New Zealand, along with intriguing essays on this increasingly popular genre. In 200 small stories of no more than 300 words, where the translucent boundaries between prose and poetry are often transgressed, we discover a vast array of human experience.

Edited by Michelle Elvy, Frankie McMillan and James Norcliffe

CUP 2018