CARDINAL POINTS: THE CURRENT ISSUE
Nancy Mattson
   Nancy Mattson

Nancy Mattson lives in London, England, where she moved in 1990 from the Canadian prairies. Born in 1947, she spent her childhood summers on her Finnish grandparents' homesteads in Saskatchewan. She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Alberta. In 1982 she edited and co-authored a history of New Finland, Saskatchewan. This inspired her first poetry collection, Maria Breaks Her Silence (Regina: Coteau, 1989), based on the life of a 19th century Finnish woman who emigrated to Canada. This was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, adapted for the stage and broadcast on CBC Radio. Her second full collection is Writing with Mercury (Hexham: Flambard, 2006). She is one of five poets in the anthology Take Five 06 (Nottingham: Shoestring, 2006) and one of 20 writers in Finnish North American Literature in English: A Concise Anthology (New York, Ontario & Wales: Edwin Mellen Press, 2009). Her new collection, Finns and Amazons (Darlington: Arrowhead Press, forthcoming 2011), begins with poems about seven Russian women avant-garde artists and their milieu and leads into a poetic search for her Finnish great-aunt who emigrated to Soviet Karelia in the 1930s. Nancy was an invited speaker at Petrozavodsk University in 2010. In 2007 she was awarded a Poetry Fellowship at Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. She co-organizes the popular Poetry in the Crypt reading series, which has been running for over a decade at St Mary Islington in north London.











































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