Lori A. May writes across the genres in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She edits, teaches, and travels as a frequent guest speaker--all the while drinking copious amounts of coffee.

Her book
The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & The Writing Life is available from Bloomsbury. Square Feet, a full-length poetry book, is available from Accents Publishing. Lori is also the author of The Low-Residency MFA Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Creative Writing Students (Continuum/Bloomsbury), stains: early poems, and two crime novels. She's polishing up a travel/immigration memoir and, under the influence of caffeine, is at work on another manuscript.

A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, for poetry and nonfiction, you'll find Lori's short creative nonfiction in journals such as
Hippocampus Magazine, Brevity, and Midwestern Gothic. She also writes freelance articles and these appear in The Writer, Writer's Digest, The Atlantic, and several travel magazines.

Lori's a regular reviewer for publications including
Los Angeles Review, Portland Book Review, and The Colorado Review. She's the Founding Editor of Poets' Quarterly, and a Nonfiction Editor with Kaylie Jones Books (an Akashic Books imprint). Lori has served as Managing Editor of Marick Press, Associate Editor of Northern Poetry Review, worked with Creative Nonfiction as a proofer and copyeditor, and edited a few small press poetry books.

A frequent guest of festivals and conferences, Lori offers workshops, lectures, and informal talks to students and emerging writers. She often speaks at low-res MFA programs across the country.

Canadian by birth and disposition, with a soft spot for Detroit, Lori now lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest.

CV Highlights:

  • MFA faculty mentor: University of King's College--Halifax
  • MFA guest speaker: Wilkes University
  • MFA guest speaker: Arcadia University
  • MFA guest speaker: Converse College
  • MFA guest speaker: Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
  • MFA guest speaker: Oklahoma City University
  • MFA guest speaker: Spalding University
  • Nonfiction Editor: Kaylie Jones Books, an Akashic imprint
  • Founding Editor: Poets' Quarterly
  • Judge: NCTE Norman Mailer Writing Award for teachers
  • MFA advisory council: Northwest Institute of Literary Arts
  • BinderCon 2015 Conference Scholarship Awards Committee
  • Awards Committee Liaison 2010: International Thriller Writers
  • Recipient: Marie Smibert Writing Achievement Awards
  • Recipient: Norris Church Mailer Fellowship
  • MFA: Wilkes University
  • MA: Wilkes University
  • BA: University of Western Ontario
  • AA: Fanshawe College

Books by Lori A. May:

  • Creative Composition: Inspiration & Techniques for Writing Instruction (MLM 2015)
  • The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & The Writing Life (Bloomsbury, 2014)
  • Square Feet (Accents Publishing, 2014)
  • The Low-Residency MFA Handbook (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2011)
  • stains: early poems (Bohemian Steel Press, 2009)
  • Moving Target (Silhouette, 2008)
  • The Profiler (Silhouette, 2005)

Lori is a member of the following organizations:
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs
  • Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs (board member)
  • Canadian Women in the Literary Arts
  • Creative Nonfiction Collective Canada
  • Creative Writing Studies Organization
  • Federation of Canadian Poets
  • International Food Wine & Travel Writers Association
  • Pacific Northwest Writers Association

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