Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

MFA Mentor, Creative Nonfiction

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 several times 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  

Books (selected) 

  • 2017 Following the River: Traces of Red River Women. Hamilton: Wolsak and Wynn (in 3rdprinting) 
  • 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) 

  • 2022 Handicap. Good Mother on Paper: Writers on Creativity and Motherhood.  Edited by Stacey May Fowles and Jen Sookfong Lee. Toronto:  Book*hug Press  
  • 2022 That Spring. Poems in Response to Peril. Edited by Penn Kemp. London: Pendas Productions 
  • 2022 The Last Body. This Magazine. March-April, 2022 
  • 2021 Birds, Silence, Winter. Apart. Edited by Courtney Bates-Hardy and Dave Margoshes. Regina, SK: Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild 
  • 2021 Lookin’ Back. You Look Good for Your Age. Edited by Rona Altrows. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press  
  • 2021 Around the Clock. Release Any Words Stuck Inside of You III: Canadian Flash Fiction and Prose Poetry. Edited by Geoff Pevlin  
  • 2020 Yellow Deck Chairs. Sweetwater: Poems for the Watershed. Edited by Yvonne Blomer. Qualicum Beach, BC: Caitlin Press  
  •  2018 Shorter Days. In Tinwei Lam, F. and Silcott, J. Love Me True. Half Moon Bay, BC: Caitlin Press 
  • 2018 Frozen. In Altrows, R. and Sedivy, J. Waiting: An Anthology of Essays. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press 


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