Calgary’s 5th Poet Laureate, Natalie Meisner, shares “First Nurse”

Last month, Mount Royal University professor, poet, and playwright Natalie Meisner became Calgary’s 5th poet laureate. As part of the role, she’ll serve as an artistic ambassador for the citizens of Calgary. Past poet laureates have included Kris Demeanor, Micheline Maylor, Derek Beaulieu, and Sheri-D Wilson. The two year post comes with $10,000 annual honorarium.

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The Poetry Joint – Episode April 19, 2023

April is National Poetry Month in Canada and the United States. A variety of poets donated poems for this episode...

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Calgary’s 5th Poet Laureate, Natalie Meisner, shares “First Nurse”

Last month, Mount Royal University professor, poet, and playwright Natalie Meisner became Calgary’s 5th poet laureate...

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Oscar Wilde Award for Best Stage Play (Winner) for Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story. Dubin International Gay Theatre Festival, Ireland


R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (Finalist) for My Mommy, My Mama, My Brother & Me. Alberta Literary Awards.


Alberta Playwriting Competition (Winner) for Boom Baby. Alberta Playwright's Network.


Canadian National Playwriting Award (Winner) for Boom Baby. Theatre BC, Canada


Lion Award for Advocacy and Awareness (Winner) for Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story with Sage Theatre and The Calgary Gay History Project. Heritage Calgary.


Outstanding Team Award for Day of Pink, an anti-bullying project. Mount Royal University, Calgary.


Lynn Fraser Memorial Award for Fiction (Winner) for You Chubby Assassin. Freefall Magazine


Evelyn Richardson Nonfiction Award (Finalist) for Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family Atlantic Book Awards.


24 Hour Playwriting Competition (Winner) for Security: A One Act Play. Alberta Theatre Projects.


Best Emerging Playwright. (Winner) Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards. Vancouver, BC.


Canadian National Playwriting Award (Winner, Special Merit) for Life & A Lover. Theatre BC.


Frankie Award For Best Script (Winner) for Take Two. Montreal Fringe Festival.


Poetry Prize (Winner) South Shore Festival of the Arts, NS


Fiction Award (Winner) South Shore Festival of the Arts, NS


Short Grain Award for Monologue (Winner) Grain Magazine Saskatchewan.


Claire Murray Fooshee Award for Poetry (Winner). Dalhousie University Halifax, NS


Mad Kings Poetry Prize (Winner). University of King’s College, Halifax NS

Community Art Projects

Immigrant Services and MRU Creative Writing Project

At the end of 2018, the Community Initiatives for Immigrant Seniors Program (CISP) at Immigrant...

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This Might Help Poetry Project

This Might Help is a project by YYC Poet Laureate Natalie Meisner. Here you will find a listenable repository of poems that might...

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The Caregiver Project with SAGE Theatre

The Caregiver Monologues is a collaborative arts advocacy project led by Calgary Poet Laureate Natalie Meisner...

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March 22, 2023

"Changing the world with better stories" with Lisa Bush

When Natalie Meisner started her career in theatre, she was cast for roles that didn't represent the women she knew or the women she wanted to become...

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