Natalie Meisner is a playwright, award-winning author, mentor, and woman who never stops. Amongst the numerous projects Natalie has on the go, she always makes time to share her wisdom and experience with emerging artists. As a professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University, she has empowered upcoming voices and helped students feel ready to become writers themselves. She has supervised students’ academic research as well as creative explorations and supported them through the process of sharing their work with the world.
Natalie also spearheaded the partnership between Mount Royal University and Immigrant Services Calgary, bringing together seniors and creative writing students to share their love of art, communication, and connection.
Her work as 5th Poet Laureate of Calgary with the This Might Help project has been a beacon of hope and connection for poets from coast to coast. Natalie’s writing is laugh-out-loud funny and cut-to-the-heart beautiful, as it tackles those moments which can make us feel at our lowest with the grit and verve of eloquent comedy. Her work embodies how humour can be harnessed for social change and how writing can be the glue we need to stick together.
Most recently, the NW and I love to wonder the wilds of Nose Hill and build stick forts with my Sons. In earlier days (pre-kids) we lived just off 17th as we wanted to near the heart of the actions. We have also had some wonderful years near the gorgeous Glenmore Reservoir. By now my favorite haunts are spread through the city.
What do you do?
I am a Poet, a Playwright, a Prof, and a Mom… not always in that order. Rather than seeing these different roles that I have, in competition with one another. not to see them as competing with one another, but rather for points of connection. I try to bring my skills as a playwright into literacy activities with my kids. My sense of play into making my lesson plans lively and diverse.
What are you currently working on?
A brand new collection of poems linked to the THIS MIGHT HELP project, a new play called SUBHuman about women in the Canadian Navy who listened for Submarines during the cold war, and a new book for kids.
Where can we find your work?
You can order my books directly from the various publishers here
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