• Biography

    Marjorie Simmins is a freelance journalist, memoir writing teacher, and an author. Her first book, Coastal Lives: A Memoir, was published by Pottersfield Press in 2014.  Simmins' writing includes articles and evocative personal essays. She has also written reviews and profiles of every sort. Her essays – on such subjects as family, animals, coastal perspectives and aspects of rural and urban life, have appeared in numerous provincial and national magazines, including Canadian Living, Magazines Canada, Halifax Magazine, Progress, Atlantic Business  and Saltscapes. 

    She has also published articles in the Halifax Chronicle Herald, Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun and the National Post, and her essays have been reprinted in several anthologies. “Trips from There to Here,” an essay published in Saturday Night magazine, won a Gold Medal at the 1994 National Magazine Awards. The essay has now been reprinted three times, in two different American college anthologies. Simmins' most recent anthology contributions are to Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the Fifties, published in 2013 by Guernica Editions, and Salt Lines, edited by Lorri Neilsen Glenn and Salt Lines, edited by Lorri Neilsen Glenn and Carsten Knox, published in 2012 by Backalong Books.

     In 2012, she won Gold at the Atlantic Journalism Awards for Best Atlantic Magazine Article.

    During the 1990s, Marjorie Simmins taught creative writing to seniors in Vancouver. At that time, Marjorie Simmins' freelance writing work focussed on the commercial and sport fisheries of Canada’s west coast. She worked as the BC correspondent for the trade newspaper Fishermen’s News, in Seattle, WA, and served as copy-editor for Westcoast Publications Ltd and BC Sport Fishing magazine. She also did editorial work for book publishers such as the University of British Columbia Press, and for the Government of British Columbia, specifically on the Gove Inquiry into Child Services. 

    Marjorie Simmins has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of British Columbia. In 2008, she completed a Certificate Course in Adult Education from Dalhousie University. In 2011, she completed a Master of Arts, Research in memoir studies, at Mount Saint Vincent University. Based in Halifax since 2006, she continues to freelance write, primarily for magazines, and to teach memoir writing, at venues around NS. 

      Selected List of Anthologies
      • Essays from Contemporary Culture. Katherine Anne Achley, Editor, Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1995

      • Tides. Harbour Publishing, 1996.

    • Selected Newspapers Featuring Marjorie's Work
      • Fishermen's News; Halifax Chronicle Herald; Montreal Gazette; National Post; Richmond Review; Toronto Star; Vancouver Sun

    • Selected Magazines Featuring Marjorie's Work
      • Atlantic Business; BC Woman; BC Extreme; BC Sport Fishing; Canadian Inflight; Canadian Living; East Coast Living; Halifax; Magazines Canada; Nova Scotia Open to the World; Pacific Fishing; Pacific Yachting; Progress; Saltscapes; Saturday Night; The Cape Bretoner; Westcoast Fisherman; Westcoast Logger; Westcoast Mariner