Lorri Neilsen Glenn’s most recent book is Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (Wolsak and Wynn, 2017), a collection of portraits of five generations of her Indigenous grandmothers and their Red River contemporaries. Lorri writes poetry and essays (lyric, personal) about grief and loss, family, daily perplexities, her Métis ancestry, feminism, aging, and life as a writer. She also serves as a writing coach and mentor in a number of settings.
Lorri began to write poetry for publication at the age of 50. Her poetry appears in Canadian journals including Prairie Fire, Arc, The Malahat Review, Grain, The Antigonish Review, Room, CV2, online at canadianpoetries.ca, as well as many anthologies. She has published four collections, including all the perfect disguises (2003), Saved String (2007), Combustion (2007), and Lost Gospels (2010) and is working on a new collection.
Lorri’s poetry has won several national awards from publications such as The Malahat Review, CV2, Grain, Prairie Fire, among others. Lorri was Halifax Poet Laureate from 2005-2009.
Lorri’s most recent book is Following the River: Traces of Red River Women (2017). Among her thirteen titles are the best-selling Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s (2013), an anthology of prose and poetry, and an acclaimed book of lyric essays in bricolage form, Threading Light: Explorations in Loss and Poetry (2011). Lorri has edited and co-edited several scholarly and academic books in the field of arts-informed research and lyric inquiry. You can find her award-winning essays in Canadian creative nonfiction anthologies and journals such as Prairie Fire, Event, Slice Me Some Truth (Wolsak and Wynn), How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting (Touchwood), In This Together: Fifteen True Stories of Real Reconciliation (Brindle and Glass), among other publications.
Lorri has served as a mentor, editor, reader, jury member, and writer-in-residence across Canada and in Australia, and has taught writing in the Arctic, Ireland, Chile, and Greece, as well as in several Canadian provinces. She edits, coaches, and offers workshops in life writing, memoir, poetry, and the personal essay, both locally (in Rose Bay, Nova Scotia) and internationally.
Grief, loss, trauma work — Lorri’s own experiences in loss are the incentive to work with writers in all walks of life and all ages who have faced loss, trauma, and critical life changes. Lorri works with writers (novice and seasoned) – either in workshops or as one-to-one coaching — across Canada and internationally. She has studied grief and loss from a variety of perspectives for two decades, worked in bereavement and palliative contexts, and has published poetry, creative nonfiction, and scholarly work in the area. She has worked with Indigenous (Métis/Dene/Cree) groups, bereaved parents, prisoners, at-risk youth, widows/widowers, among others.
Currently, Lorri is Professor Emerita at Mount Saint Vincent University, a mentor in the University of King’s College MFA program in creative nonfiction, and a freelance writing instructor.
Lorri was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, lived in 22 houses in Canadian prairie towns and cities, and moved to Nova Scotia in 1983. She completed her doctoral work at the University of New Hampshire and Harvard in 1988. She and her photographer husband Allan divide their time between Halifax and the community of Rose Bay on Nova Scotia’s south shore. They have two grown sons.
Reach Lorri at email@example.com, @neilsenglenn (Twitter), and on Facebook.