July 06, 2020
The PARC Playwright Profile for July is Natalie Meisner. Natalie is a playwright, an award-winning multi-genre author and the 5th Poet Laureate of Calgary. Her publications include: Baddie One Shoe (Frontenac) a collection of odes to renegade women who fight the powers that be with laughter; and Legislating Love: The Everett Klippert Story (University of Calgary Press) the play illuminates the life of a beloved Calgary bus driver and the last Canadian to be jailed for homosexuality. Meisner's play Boom Baby won both the Canadian National & the Alberta Playwriting Award. Speed Dating for Sperm Donors (Playwright’s Canada Press) was a hit at Lunchbox & Neptune Theatres. Double Pregnant: Two Lesbians Make a Family (Fernwood) topped the non-fiction lists and her first book for kids My Mommy, My Mama My Brother & Me (Nimbus) is about a two-mom biracial family finding community. Her new play Area-33 is about fraud in the lobster industry and the search for signs of intelligent life in the universe. It was written at the PARC Playwright's Retreat, workshopped at EFT Stages Festival and the Women's Work Festival in Newfoundland and will be a part of Live Bait's upcoming Social Distancing Short Play Festival (July 18, 2020).
Meisner is a wife and mom to two great boys and a Professor in the Department of English at Mount Royal University where she works in the areas of creative writing, drama and gender/ sexuality studies.
To find out more about the work as Natalie is doing as Poet Laureate of Calgary regarding essential personal and first responders, visit First Nurse. Also, you can visit the Virtual Canada Day Celebrations, sponsored by the Calgary Public Library, to see a poem that Natalie wrote to celebrate Canada Day.