Michelle Porter is a cultural geographer based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. She grew up in Alberta where she studied journalism before moving to the East Coast. Michelle has an MA in Folklore and is completing a PhD in Geography at Memorial University. Her academic research and writing focuses upon connections between place and mobility. Her research focuses upon theories of home and rurality as lived through mobility. After conducting research in three Newfoundland and Labrador communities, she is in the process of developing a conceptual framework for the study of home(s) which interprets home as ways of gathering. This framework brings to the forefront the multiple and varied movements which create home. Additionally, she is interested in writing as research method and the use of creative writing to disseminate academic theories and knowledge to non-academic audiences.