WRITER | PROFESSOR | MOM

Meisner is a wife and a mother to two great boys! Meisner is a full-time Professor at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada – where she works in the areas of creative writing, drama & gender/sexuality studies.

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Meisner holds a Doctorate in English (UofC), MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, & BA in English & Theatre from Dalhousie/Kings College

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Community Work

Working with the local community in the arts

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Written Publications

Acclaimed work

Natalie has won 2019 Grand Prize of the Alberta Playwriting Competition with her play “Boom Baby!”

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Books

It Begins in Salt

This book of poems wanders the halls of an ocean blue-collar life while rummaging the heart spaces of growing up, and evolves into mothering, labours, and loves.

BADDIE ONE SHOE

Is a series of poetic odes to “Baddies”:  That friend who finishes the bottle with you that needs finishing, stays till closing, holds your hair out of the way if needed. 

Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story

An uplifting play that celebrates queer love over generations while challenging us to remember and celebrate LGBTQ+ history.

Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family

Girl meets girl. Girl marries girl. They want to have babies…but they need a little help.

My Mommy, My Mama, My Brother, and Me

With this gentle refrain, the debut picture book from celebrated author and playwright Natalie Meisner 

Speed Dating for Sperm Donors

Can a lesbian couple find Mr. Right? Helen and Paige really want a baby. Maybe even two.

Growing Up Salty

This book collects four of Meisner’s early plays for the stage. 

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Plays

Boom Baby at Alumnae Theatre

Legislating Love at Dublin International Theatre Festival

Boom Baby at Alberta Theatre Projects

Legislating Love at SAGE Theatre (Calgary)

About the Author

Natalie Meisner

Natalie Meisner is a writer from Lockeport, Nova Scotia. Her plays have been produced across the country, won numerous awards, been collected in book form and appear in numerous Canadian Anthologies. Natalie has published several books and she has recently been named Calgary’s fifth Poet Laureate.
Meisner holds a Doctorate in English (University of Calgary), a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (University of British Columbia) and Bachelor’s degree in English from Dalhousie University. She has taught at the University of Regina, University of Calgary and currently is a Professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University where she teaches creative writing, drama and literature.

Recent 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.

Education News Canada

It has been a very big year for Natalie Meisner, PhD. The English and creative writing professor at Mount Royal University is a poet, playwright and author who has published three works in the span of a mere few months, with one more coming in 2020. Even just one publication every few years is a major accomplishment for any writer, so this veritable avalanche of printed works is unusual and significant.