Nancy Jo Cullen is an award-winning novelist and poet. She is the recipient of the 2010 Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize for Emerging Gay Writer, and winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award, and the Alberta Publishers Trade Book. She has been nominated or shortlisted for several awards, including the W.O. Mitchell Calgary Book Prize, the Canadian League of Poets Gerald Lampert Award, and the Journey Prize twice.

Nancy’s new book, Nothing Will Save Your Life, is an explosion of pop culture, sex, femininity, religion, and motherhood. The poems are rooted in the mess of day-to-day life, they take on serious issues, and they are held together with humour and fragments of joy. From kitten videos to confirmation bias to cucumber diets to vintage Vivienne Westwood, these poems are a whirlwind of constrained energy.

Amidst the recurring theme of loss and death, Barb Carey of the Toronto Star writes that Cullen’s poems “buzz with life.”

A transplanted westerner, Nancy now lives in Kingston, ON.

Nancy is sponsored by Author Patron, Book Group 1964

Appearing in:

15. Mother Tongue: Identities in Verse

WR8. Writing Through the “I”


Past Festival Appearances

2019: 37. Literary pub (s)crawl