• Biography

    Lorri Neilsen Glenn is the author and editor of fourteen books of poetry, creative nonfiction and scholarly work. Her most recent work, Following the River: Traces of Red River Women, is a mixed-genre historical memoir, published late in 2017 with Wolsak and Wynn. It is now in its second printing. 

    The best-selling anthology, Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s (Guernica Editions, 2013) explores the lives of 1950s mothers and is now in its third printing). Other books include Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry (Hagios Press, 2011), and Lost Gospels (Brick Books, 2010). Lorri's earlier poetry collections include Combustion (Brick Books, 2007), Saved String (Rubicon Press, 2007), and All the Perfect Disguises (Broken Jaw Press, 2003). She is co-editor with Carsten Knox of Salt Lines, a collection of writers' wisdom from Nova Scotian authors. Her award-winning poetry and creative nonfiction (especially memoir) have been widely anthologized. 

    Since 2013, Lorri has served as a mentor in The University of King's College MFA program in creative nonfiction where she supports writers developing a full-length manuscript. Lorri (Dr. Neilsen) is Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University.  

    Workshops: Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, Great Blue Heron workshop, St. Peter's Writing Program, Los Parronales Writers' Retreat, Creative Nonfiction Collective, Mount Saint Vincent University, Edith Cowan, James Cook, Queensland, and Murdoch Universities, among several other organizations and locations.

    Lorri's popular Lifelines workshops on memoir/life writing as well as writing about grief and loss have been held across Canada, including Northern Canada, as well as in Ireland, Greece, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand. She has worked with writers in Indigenous communities, government and social services, educators, engineers, lawyers, women's groups, youth groups, and many other communities. She freelances as an editor for others' memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry.  

    As Poet Laureate of Halifax (2005-2009), Lorri worked with new Canadians, seniors, and launched the spoken word youth group Wordfishing.

    A frequent reader/jurist for national and regional writing awards, Lorri is active in organizations such as Creative Nonfiction Collective and Canadian Creative Writing and Writing Programs, among others. 

    "Glenn explores questions about spirituality and place - places including the Prairies, where she was raised, and the East Coast, where she now works - in these stunning poems that show us how to pay attention and find the wonder in song and nature." - Prairie Books Now

    "Lorri Neilsen Glenn has done what all mid-career poets long to do: make themselves magnificently vulnerable." - Winnipeg Free Press

    "lyricism at its most brilliant" - The Malahat Review



      Following the River: Traces of Red River Women, Wolsak and Wynn, 2017

      Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s, Guernica Editions, 2013

      Threading Light, Hagios Press, 2011

      Lost Gospels. Brick Books, 2010. ISBN: 1894078772.

      Combustion, Brick Books, 2007 ISBN 978-1-894078-55-9


    • Saved String. Rubicon Press (chapbook), ISBN 978-0-9781616-1-3.

    • All the Perfect Disguises. Broken Jaw Press, 2003. ISBN 1-55391-010-9.

    • The Art of Writing Inquiry. Edited by Lorri Neilsen, Ardra L. Cole, & J. Gary Knowles. Backalong Books and The Centre for Arts-informed Research, 2001. ISBN 1-894132-06-8.

    • Knowing Her Place: Research Literacies and Feminist Occasions. Halifax, NS: Backalong Books and Caddo Gap Press, 1998. ISBN 894132-02-5.

    • A Stone In My Shoe: Teaching Literacy in Times of Change. Winnipeg: Peguis Publishers, 1994. ISBN 1-895411-73-4.

    • Literacy and Living: The Literate Lives of Three Adults. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Books, 1989. ISBN 0-435-08493-3.

    • Innovative Teaching Award, Mount Saint Vincent

      Progress Club Women of Excellence Award (Arts and Culture)

      Research Excellence Award, Mount Saint Vincent

      Malahat Open Season Award for Poetry

      CV2 2-day Poetry Contest

      Grain Magazine

      Manitoba Magazine Awards (Gold)

      Prairie Fire

      Poet's Corner Award; 'All the Perfect Disguises',

      National Magazine Award, among others.