Melissa Brizuela

Untitled Haiku

April showers bring
me flowers so I may lay
blossoms at your grave


Melissa Brizuela looks up while holding the camera above her, so she is looking up at the viewer with focused interest. On the ground beside her is the pattern of light through a window and on her body are jeans, a black shirt and an open diaphanous top in pale pink and white.

Melissa Brizuela (she/her) mines the minutiae of the everyday in search of buried treasure, for gifts hidden within grief and lessons within pain. She is a writer and poet living in Toronto (Tkaronto) and calls home anywhere in the world where loved ones carry a piece of her in their hearts. In 2022, Melissa made her live debut appearance as a spoken word artist at the Hillside Festival in Guelph. She is currently writing her first full-length work of non-fiction: part cooking methodology and part travel memoir. It explores lessons about love and friendship learned while cooking with friends in Toronto, Tallinn and New York City. IG: @answerstofive [provided April 2023]

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