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Two lesbians make a family

Mount Royal University creative writing instructor Natalie Meisner is an award-winning playwright, poet and non-fiction writer. But she is also a mother to two young boys, and wife to her partner, Viviën. Meisner’s upcoming autobiography, Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family, tells the story of Meisner and her wife during their journey to start a family.

Other Media

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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Prizes

2022

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

2021

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

2019

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

2019

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

2018

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.

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2008

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

1999

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

1999

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

1998

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

1998

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

1998

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

1997

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

1995

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

1992

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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