News & Events

Upcoming presentations, readings, recent interviews and reviews:

October 23 2018 I will be reading from Body Work in Toronto at The Art Bar with Lenea Grace and Brian Dedora. Join us for what should be a great evening of poetry!

I had the pleasure of being apart of the Common Readings in August 2018 at Campbell House Museum in Toronto and reading with Jessie Jones and Marc di Saverio. Many thanks to Daniel Renton for the invite and for organizing such a fantastic series. Check it out here: Common Readings

May 16 2018 I was live on radio with Michael James and Thea Bowering on the fantastic program WORD CJSR 88.5 in Edmonton. Thankful for the opportunity to talk about my recently published poetry collection Body Work and a bunch of other stuff too. (At least I think so, the hour went by so quickly!)

Thanks to a travel grant from the Edmonton Arts Council, I was able to attend the Creative Nonfiction Collective Conference in Toronto May 4-6. Happy to have met so many fine writers in person!

Looking forward to launching my newest collection of poetry, Body Work (Signature Editions, 2018) at the Edmonton Poetry Festival! Please join me, Margaret Christakos and Sarah-Jean Krahn at the CBC Centre Stage for this event, Local Books 3.

Thursday April 26, 2018
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
CBC Centre Stage
Edmonton City Center Mall
SE Entrance
10062 – 102 Avenue
[Map to venue]
Free event

I will be in Ottawa, ON November 3-5 to attend the 2017 ACW Gathering – Art for Social Change at Carleton University. (Find me to chat!) My thanks to the Edmonton Arts Council for the travel grant which makes my attendance possible.

“Conceptualizing Indigenous ‘Graphic Medicine’: Telling Feminist Stories in Decolonizing Graphic Novels.” National Women’s Studies Association, Montreal, QC November 12 2016

“Chronically Ill, Critically Crip?: Poetry, Poetics and Dissonant Disabilities.”
Feminist Scholars Speakers Series, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
November 25 2015

Richard Kelly Kemick reviews Surge Narrows in the Spring 2015 edition of The Fiddlehead. Read it here: Outrunning Ghazals (and other difficult things) – A Review of Emilia Nielsen’s Surge Narrows

Poetry Reading with Bren Simmers.
Audreys Books, Edmonton, AB
Sunday, November 15 2pm

“Chronically Ill, Critically Crip?: Querying Disability Poetry and Poetics.”
Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI
May 18 2015

“‘The Angry Breast Cancer Survivors’: Creating Justice Through Sharing Stories.”
National Women’s Studies Association, San Juan, PR
November 16 2014

“Quest Professor Short-listed for National Poetry Prize”
The Pique Magazine
Interview with Cathryn Atkinson
June 5 2014

“Six Questions with Emilia Nielsen”
Interview with rob mclennan
May 27 2014

“Emilia Nielsen at WordStorm”: A Poet’s Nanaimo
May 8 2014

“Surge Narrows by Emilia Nielsen: 2014 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award Nominee”
April 28 2014

I’m honoured to have my collection of poetry, Surge Narrows, short-listed for The League of Canadian Poets’s Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. My thanks to Ursula Vaira and Leaf Press for believing in this manuscript and making my first book happen! (And hearty congratulations to all fellow poets short-listed for these fine awards.)

Plenitude Magazine & Pride UBC present:
“An Evening with some of Vancouver’s Favourite Queer Writers”

Amber Dawn, Brett Josef Grubisic, Leah Horlick, Lydia Kwa, Alex Leslie,
Emilia Nielsen, Andrea Routley with MC Carellin Brooks

Friday, February 14
Doors 8:30 pm | Starts 9 pm
Cafe Deux Soleils
2096 Commercial Drive
Vancouver / Unceded Coast Salish Territory

$10 at the door—includes 1-year digital subscription to Plenitude Magazine, Canada’s queer literary magazine. For print + digital subscription—$18

All of the readers will have their new books for sale, too!
(Cash only, please)

Emilia Nielsen & Daniela Elza Read at Planet Earth Poetry
The Moka House, #103-1633 Hillside Avenue, Victoria, BC
Friday, October 11, 7:30pm

“Breast Cancer at the Edge of Cultural Politics: Cancer Rage, Gender Rage.”
Sexuality Studies Association, Victoria, BC
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
June 1 2013

“Feminist Bioethics, Narrative Ethics and Disruptive Breast Cancer Narratives: Claiming the Subjective Edge.”
Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes, Victoria, BC
Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
June 2 2013

Praise for Surge Narrows!
Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian’s Review

Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian’s Queer Canadian Literary News: June Edition
Lookout for Surge Narrows by Emilia Nielsen

Plenitude Magazine: Your Queer Arts and Literature Magazine – New Titles
Debut Poetry Collection by Emilia Nielsen

From “Vernacular Hearts” by Emilia Nielsen
Posted on Rob Taylor’s blog: spread it like a roll of nickels

Leaf Press Spring 2013 Poetry Launch:
Daniela Elza, Leanne McIntosh & Emilia Nielsen
Rowan’s Roof, 2340 West 4th Ave., Vancouver BC
Tuesday, May 14 7pm

Emilia Nielsen interviewed by Caity Goerke
The F Word: Feminist Media Collective
Vancouver Co-op Radio
Monday, April 1 12-1 pm

Autostraddle’s Review of Plenitude’s Inaugural Issue
Kind words for poets Leah Horlick, Emilia Nielsen, Besty Warland & Alex Leslie

Casey The Canadian Lesbrarian’s Review of Plenitude’s Inaugural Issue
Words of praise for poets Emilia Nielsen, Alex Leslie & Leah Horlick,


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