• Biography

    Lorri Neilsen Glenn grew up in Western Canada and moved to Nova Scotia in 1983. She teaches at Mount Saint Vincent University and is a mentor in the University of King's College MFA program in creative nonfiction. Contact her at lorrineilsenglenn@gmail.com and onTwitter @neilsenglenn.

    Lorri's most recent books include Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s (Guernica Editions, 2013, now in its third printing), Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry (Hagios Press, 2011), and Lost Gospels (Brick Books, 2010). She is the author and contributing editor of seven collections of essays and ethnographic work. Her earlier poetry collections include Combustion (Brick Books, 2010), Saved String (Rubicon Press), and All the Perfect Disguises (Broken Jaw Press, 2003). Her poetry and creative nonfiction (especially memoir) appear in several anthologies.

    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, particularly Atlantic Canada, as well as in Ireland, Greece, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand. She has worked with writers in First Nations communities, government and social services, educators, engineers, lawyers, women's groups, youth groups, and many other communities. She frequently works as an editor for others' memoir, creative nonfiction, and poetry.  

    As Poet Laureate of Halifax (2005-2009), Lorri worked with writers of all ages, including the youth group Wordfishing.

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

    Review of Threading Light (Lisa Martin) --


    Review of Threading Light (Mary Jo Anderson, The Chronicle Herald) --


    "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



      (in progress for 2017-- creative nonfiction bricolage/portrait of Red River women, including her Métis/Anishinaabe/Swampy Cree ancestors.

      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.

    • Winner of the Poet's Corner Award; 'All the Perfect Disguises'

    • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada award to study the role of place in the work of contemporary Canadian women poets.

    • 2005 Award for Research Excellence: Mount Saint Vincent University.

      2009 Women of Excellence (Progress Club of Halifax) Award: Arts and Culture category

    • 1999 Meade Award for outstanding research in the English/Language Arts.

    • Awards (short listed or won) in the following: National Magazine Awards, Arc, Bliss Carmen, CV2, Prairie Fire, Grain (Short Grain), The Malahat Review, among others