Marjorie Simmins


Marjorie Simmins is the award-winning author of Coastal Lives, a memoir about living on Canada’s East and West Coasts (Pottersfield Press, 2014). Her second book, Year of the Horse, also published by Pottersfield Press, was published in September 2016.

In November 2016, Simmins concluded a cross-country book tour with Year of the Horse, which details her life with horses in British Columbia and Nova Scotia. The book is the first Nova Scotia-published book to “ride the ferries” on BC Ferries fleet.

Raised in Vancouver, Marjorie Simmins now divides her time between BC and NS. She began her writing career as a freelance journalist in Vancouver, starting out as a regular with Max Wyman’s “Saturday Review,” in the Vancouver Sun. While her primary “beats” focused on commercial and sport fishing, she also published numerous essays and articles in magazines and newspapers across Canada, and in the United States. She won a Gold Medal at the National Magazine Awards, for a personal essay (“Trips from There to Here,” Saturday Night magazine), and another Gold Medal for the best Atlantic Magazine Article, a profile of Shaun Majumder (“To the Manor Born”). 

Simmins has written for United Church Observer, Canadian Living, Magazines Canada, Halifax Magazine, Progress, Atlantic Business  and Saltscapes, among others. She has also published in newspapers from coast to coast, and is a regular contributor to The Antigonish Review and Atlantic Books Today. In 2018, she wrote a series of features for community newspaper, The Reporter, in Port Hawksbury, Nova Scotia. 

Simmins’ most recent anthology contributions are to: Nova Scotia Love Stories, published by Pottersfield Press, 2016; Salt Lines, published by Backalong Books, 2012; and to the bestseller, Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the Fifties, published by Guernica Editions, 2013. 

Marjorie Simmins has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate in Adult Education from Dalhousie University. In 2011, she completed a Master of Arts, Research, focusing on memoir studies, at Mount Saint Vincent University. She teaches memoir writing on both coasts, most recently as a guest-alumna, at the UBC Alumni Centre, March 2017. 

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