My books are the memoir Ghost Wife, the poetry collection Electricity for Beginners, and the life-writing guide Telling Tiny Stories


Ghost Wife: A Memoir of Love and DefiancePublished by Black Inc., Melbourne, in 2013. 

Michelle Dicinoski has found the love of her life, and now she just wants to get married and live happily ever after. The only problem is, she’s in love with an American woman, Heather, and neither Australia nor America recognises same-sex marriage. What to do when love and the law collide? For Michelle, the answer is clear: go to Canada and get hitched there.

Ghost Wife is the deep, funny, heartwarming and brave story of that trip. Along the way, Michelle reflects on why anyone would want to get married anyway, on the power of acceptance, and on the startling stories she uncovers in her family’s past. She investigates the hidden worlds of people who live their lives outside social norms, sometimes illegally. Michelle doesn’t want to disappear, not from her family and not from society. But living in Australia, will she always be a ghost wife?

Ghost Wife is a revelation in every sense of the word. It not only illuminates the struggle for equal marriage in the most intimate possible way, but also tenderly examines the meaning of love and commitment. Insightful, supple and gorgeously written, this book left me humbled and moved
— Benjamin Law

You can read reviews of Ghost Wife here. Or, read an excerpt.

 Ghost Wife is available to order from all booksellers, and from online stories including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository, iTunes and Powells.

Electricity for BeginnersPublished by Clouds of Magellan, Melbourne, in 2011. 

Poems about falling in and out of love, poems about houses that shake and flood, poems about frisbees and families. Electricity for Beginners is a lyrical exploration of the sparks and surges familiar to us all. Read more here. Available to buy via Amazon

Michelle Dicinoski’s poems have that clarity and zest that marks the arrival of a fresh new voice in Australian poetry. She coaxes you into her poems with sweet allure, and keeps you there … This is a book that hums lightly, warmly, and with charmed intimacy
— Judith Beveridge
The strength in Michelle Dicinoski’s poetry is her faithfulness to gravity and other laws of the physical sciences. But the beauty lies in her bright defiance: celebratory moments in which the confetti doesn’t fall, but floats in place / in the air just beyond us
— Bronwyn Lea

Electricity for Beginners was Highly Commended in the 2011 Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award (for best debut poetry book in Australia). 


Telling Tiny Stories: A Guide for Writing Real and Imaginary Lives, published 2015. 

Have you ever wanted to record your memories, but didn't know where to start? Telling Tiny Stories is a workbook that will help you to remember stories from your life and write them down in your own words. Designed for writers and non-writers alike, it uses a series of prompts to help you recall fleeting moments from your past and present - memories that might just surprise you. Telling the story of a life can be daunting. That's why Telling Tiny Stories encourages you to write your story in small but powerful fragments. After all, you live your life in a series of tiny stories, so why wouldn't you write it that way?

Read more and buy the book on Amazon. 

Watch the video below to see sample pages and learn more. 

The story of two young women who love each other, Ghost Wife makes their love visible and uncovers the lives of hidden lovers on the two continents over which they travel. Moving, irresistible and new, this memoir will inspire readers to honour all that is hidden in the past – and within ourselves
— Gloria Steinem
Ghost Wife is available in your local bookstore, and also online at a range of booksellers.

Ghost Wife is available in your local bookstore, and also online at a range of booksellers.

Electricity for Beginners is available from selected bookstores, and from online booksellers. Read reviews of Electricity for Beginners here