“It’s an old search: scrabbling for truth and beauty with available tools.” 

Lorri Neilsen Glenn grew up in Western Canada and now lives and teaches in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lorri is the author and editor of thirteen collections of (academic and trade) nonfiction and poetry, including Threading Light (2011) and Lost Gospels (2010). Untying the Apron: Daughters Remember Mothers of the 1950s (Guernica, 2013) is now in its third printing.

Poet Laureate of Halifax for 2005-2009, Lorri has won several national and international awards for creative nonfiction (lyric essay), poetry, magazine writing, as well her University’s award for innovative teaching (2014) and a Halifax Woman of Excellence award for her work in the arts (2009). Lorri has served as a mentor, editor, reader, jury member, and writer in residence across Canada and in Australia, and has led writing workshops in the Arctic, Western Canada, Australia, Ireland, Chile, and Greece.

Lorri has worked with writers of all ages– and at all stages– including several memoir and life writing groups, poetry collectives, and youth groups. She has participated in the WFNS mentorship program, and currently serves as a mentor in the MFA program in creative nonfiction at The University of King’s College in Halifax. Her essays and poetry appear in national and international magazines and are widely anthologized. Lorri also works with writers at her retreat in Rose Bay, Nova Scotia.

Read The Malahat Review‘s interview with Lorri here: