Michele Witthaus

Michele Witthaus is based in Leicester, UK. Her pamphlet, From a Sheltered Place, was published in August 2020 by Wild Pressed Books. Her writing has been published in a number of anthologies and other publications and she is the 2020 winner of Leicester Writers’ Club’s Ena Young Award and Chris D’Lacy Endeavour Award and second prize winner in the Club’s 2021 Short Story Award.

Uncharted Constellations Contribution

‘Visible spectrum’ questions the perceived calm of the ‘ball of frosted blue’ photographed by Apollo astronauts from the lunar surface:

Severed Souls Contributions

‘Side Effects May Include’ perfectly captures the paranoia of the pandemic moment with both the relief of the vaccination and sense of the embedded virus being something alien and menacing. Here’s a snippet:

There are bone-deep chills
from an alien source,
the healer-invader
come home to roost.

‘Undiagnosed’ explores the Otherness of neurodiversity and reassures readers that inner peace and validation will come eventually. Here’s a snippet:

She adjusts her face
for public view,
twisting it into a smile
as false as joy.
She is tired of trying 
but knows no better way.

Other Publications Include: