Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

MFA Mentor

Lorri Neilsen Glenn Lorri Neilsen Glenn

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

Lorri Neilsen Glenn’s most recent book is Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (Wolsak and Wynn), an award-winning work about her Ininiwak and Métis grandmothers and their contemporaries. Lorri is the author and contributing editor of fourteen titles of nonfiction and poetry, former Halifax Poet Laureate, and Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University. An award-winning teacher and researcher, Lorri has served on juries for the Canada Council, CBC literary awards and numerous provincial and national book prizes. Neilsen Glenn’s poetry has been adapted for libretti and her essays and poems appear in numerous anthologies and literary journals.  She was a recipient of Halifax’s Women of Excellence award, has had appointments as Writer in Residence across Canada and served as President of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia. Lorri has mentored writers across Canada and in Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Greece and Chile. She divides her time between Halifax and Rose Bay, N.S. Twitter: @neilsenglenn Instagram: @river2seashore 

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).