Lorri Neilsen Glenn

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Lorri Neilsen Glenn is a Canadian poet, ethnographer, and essayist. Born and raised on the Prairies, she moved to Nova Scotia in 1983.

Neilsen Glenn is the author and editor of several books of creative nonfiction, poetry, literacy, ethnography, and essays (scholarly and literary). Her award-winning writing focuses on women, arts-based research, and memoir/life stories; her work is known for its hybrid and lyrical approaches. She has published book reviews in national and international journals and newspapers.

Her first book of poetry, All the Perfect Disguises, winner of the Poet's Corner Award, was published in 2003. In 2007, a chapbook, Saved String (Rubicon Press) and the collection Combustion (Brick Books) were published. Neilsen Glenn published 'Lost Gospels' (Brick Books) in 2010. A collection of essays on poetry and loss, Threading Light, was published in 2011 by Hagios Press. The best-selling anthology of poetry and prose about mothers, "Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s" was published in 2013 by Guernica Editions.

Neilsen Glenn was appointed poet laureate for the Halifax Regional Municipality in 2005,[1][2] a role she held through 2009.[3] She lives in Halifax, and on faculty at Mount Saint Vincent University. She serves as a mentor in the University of King's College MFA program in creative nonfiction, and has served as a juror for regional and national writing awards,

Neilsen Glenn has received numerous awards for her scholarship; her poetry has won or has been shortlisted for the National Magazine Awards, Short Grain Contest, CBC Literary Awards, Bliss Carman Poetry Award, CV2 Poetry Contest, The Malahat Open Season Award, ReLit Award, among others. Her creative nonfiction has won awards in Grain, Event Magazine, and Prairie Fire. Among her honours are awards for research excellence and innovative teaching (Mount Saint Vincent University) and a Halifax Progress Club Women of Excellence award for her work in the arts.

Neilsen Glenn has taught writing (poetry, creative nonfiction (memoir, the lyric essay, life writing) across Canada, as well as in Ireland, Australia, Chile, and Greece. She has worked extensively with writers in all walks of life since 1983.

Neilsen Glenn's historical memoir in hybrid form, Following the River: Traces of Red River Women, compiles portraits of her Indigenous grandmothers and their contemporaries in 19th Century Rupertsland / Red River, Manitoba and will be published by Wolsak and Wynn in Fall, 2017.


  • (forthcoming) Following the River: Traces of Red River Women, Wolsak and Wynn, 2017
  • Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s, Guernica Editions, 2013
  • Salt Lines (Editor, with Carsten Knox), Backalong Books, 2012
  • Threading Light Hagios Press,[4] 2011
  • Lost Gospels, Brick Books, 2010
  • The Art of Visual Inquiry (co-editor), Backalong Books, 2007
  • Saved String, Rubicon Press, 2007
  • Combustion, Brick Books, 2007
  • Provoked by Art, (co-editor). Backalong Books, 2004
  • All the Perfect Disguises, Broken Jaw, 2003
  • The Art of Writing Inquiry, (lead editor). Backalong Books, 2001
  • Knowing her Place, Caddo Gap, 1998
  • A Stone in my Shoe: Literacy in Times of Change, Peguis Publishers, 1992
  • Literacy and Living, Heinemann Books, 1989


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