News & Events

Upcoming presentations, readings, recent interviews and reviews:

Like many of you, these past months have found me a bit scattered and rather behind in many things (like updating my website!) Nevertheless, I’m so pleased to learn that Body Work has been reviewed by Lucas Crawford for Plenitude Magazine, Never a Unity: A Review of Emilia Nielsen’s Body Work” and most recently by Travis Chi Wing Lau for Up the Staircase Quarterly.

April 23 2019 The League of Canadian Poets has announced the shortlists for their annual book awards. I’m honoured to have my book, Body Work (Signature Editions, 2018) in the running for a Pat Lowther Memorial Award which recognizes the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman. I couldn’t be more pleased to read the juror’s citation: “Nielsen’s poetic representations of the body problematize an easy essentialism of parts. When theme and sonic ability are coupled with formal variability – Body Work features short lyrics heavy on repetition, list-like amalgams of parts, mobius strips, and weird footnoting wildness – and emotion to boot, one realizes Nielsen has created a jangling, energized series of body nodes meant to expand what poetry can do.”

The Lambda Literary Award finalists were announced March 7 2019 and I’m super pleased to say that Body Work (Signature Editions, 2018) is included! A HUGE CONGRATS to all of the finalists!! You can read more about the Lambda Literary Awards and the 31st Annual Lammy Finalists.

January 17 2019 The Department of Social Science in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University will celebrate 13 recent publications authored by faculty. The event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room S757, Ross Building on the Keele Campus of York University. All are welcome to attend this event. Light refreshments will be served. I will be there with Body Work and Disrupting Breast Cancer Narratives: Stories of Rage and Repair, which is now out in print! For more information see this article in y File: York University’s News.

I’m honoured to have my second collection of poetry, Body Work, included on this “best of” list. (My thanks to rob mclennan!) Do check out all of the titles included on the 2018 list at DUSIE.

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.

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

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

Six Questions with Emilia Nielsen: An 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’ 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

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