Living Published Women Poets in the UK
Nancy Mattson
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Nancy Mattson poet

Nancy Mattson was born Winnipeg, Manitoba and grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, also spending time with her Finnish grandparents in Saskatchewan. She now lives in London.


Finns and Amazons (Arrowhead Press, 2011)

Writing with Mercury (Flambard, 2006)

Maria Breaks her Silence (Coteau, Canada 1989)

Nancy Mattson started writing poetry after completing an MA in English Literature at the University of
Alberta. Her poems draw on Canadian voices and themes as well as Finnish family stories and myths. Co-authoring a history book provided inspiration for her first collection, Marian Breaks Her Silence based on the life of a 19th century Finnish woman who emigrated to Canada. It was adapted for the stage as Lye Soap and Dancing Cows, broadcast on CBC Radio. Nancy Mattson was one of twenty writers selected by Dr Beth L Virtanen to appear in Finnish North American Literature in English: A Concise Anthology (Edwin Mellen Press, 2009). To supplement her poetry, Nancy Mattson has worked as an editor,  university lecturer, government research officer, conference organiser and in marketing.

Nancy Mattson, with her husband Mike Bartholomew-Biggs, organises Poetry in the Crypt in Islington. Poetry in the Crypt is a reading series which has run for over ten years.

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