Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

MFA Mentor

Lorri Neilsen Glenn Lorri Neilsen Glenn

B.Ed, M.A., Ph.D.

Lorri Neilsen Glenn is a mentor in the MFA in Creative Nonfiction program and former Professor (now Professor Emerita) at Mount Saint Vincent University. Poet Laureate for Halifax from 2005-2009, Lorri is the author and contributing editor of fourteen collections of poetry, creative nonfiction and scholarly work, and the recipient of awards for innovative teaching, ethnographic research and her work in the arts.

Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (Wolsak and Wynn, 2017) is a mixed-genre exploration of the lives of Lorri’s Ininiwak and Métis grandmothers and their contemporaries. It was shortlisted for the Evelyn Richardson Award for nonfiction and won The Miramichi Reader‘s “Best of” nonfiction award.

As visiting scholar, professor and freelance writing coach, Lorri has worked with writers across Canada and in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Greece and Chile. She has served as Writer/Author in Residence at the University of Saskatchewan (St. Peter’s College and U of S main campus) and in the Manitoba library system. Lorri has served on national and provincial literary juries including the Canada Council for the Arts, CBC Literary Contest (nonfiction and poetry), Event magazine, The Malahat Review, The Creative Nonfiction Collective, Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia, Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild, among others. She is on the Board of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and is a former Board member of Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs.

Lorri’s award-winning essays and poetry have appeared in The Malahat Review, Prairie Fire, Event, Grain, among other journals and anthologies, and her poetry has been adapted for libretti by celebrated composers Tawnie Olson and Kala Pierson. A Red River Métis, Lorri lived on the Prairies before moving to Nova Scotia in the 80s. She divides her time between Halifax and Rose Bay, NS.

Selected Publications

Books (selected)

  • 2017 Following the River: Traces of Red River Women. Hamilton: Wolsak and Wynn (in 3rd
  • printing)
  • 2013 Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s. Guernica Editions (in
  • 3rd printing)
  • 2012 Salt Lines: Writers on Writing. (co-editor, Carsten Knox) Halifax, NS: Backalong Books
  • 2011 Threading Light: Explorations in Poetry and Loss. Regina, SK: Radiant Press
  • 2010 Lost Gospels. London: Brick Books
  • 2007 Combustion. London: Brick Book

Essays and Poetry (recent)

  • “Lookin’ Back” in Altrows, R. (ed). You Look Good, University of Alberta Press, forthcoming.
  • “Yellow Deck Chairs” in Blomer, Yvonne (ed), Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, Caitlin Press, forthcoming.
  • 2018 “Shorter Days.” In Tinwei Lam, F. and Silcott, J. Love Me True. Half Moon Bay, BC: Caitlin Press.
  • “Her Many Names” In Understorey Magazine. April (understoreymagazine.ca)
  • “Gathering,” Atlantis.
  • 2018 “Frozen.” In Altrows, R. and Sedivy, J. Waiting: An Anthology of Essays. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press.
  • 2018 “Ten Bloody Pieces of Advice.” In Deerchild, Rosanna, Gordon, Ariel, and MacDonald, Tanis, Eds. Gush. Calgary: Frontenac Press
  • 2018 Writes of Passage: Women Writing. In Dunlop, R., Uppal, P. and Tysdal, D. (eds). Writing Creative Writing: Lessons from the Field. Toronto: Dundurn Press
  • 2016 “Real Men Drive Stick” In Choyce, L. Nova Scotia Book of Fathers. Lawrencetown, NS: Pottersfield Press
  • “How to Kill Her.” The Malahat Review (Special issue on Creative Nonfiction), 193, Winter
  • “All Your Hands are Verbs.” Prairie Fire, Spring
  • “Marking the Page.” In Metcalfe-Chenail, D (ed). In This Together: Ten Stories of Reconciliation (Brindle and Glass).


Women and writing, experimental nonfiction, Indigenous (including Métis) history and writing, poetry, ageing, social science research (ethnography and arts-based work).