Following the River

Following the River is a poetic journey through her own family history and how it is intertwined with sexism, racism and the country's colonial past.

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

Lorri Neilsen Glenn first discovered her great-grandmother's tragic death in a passing comment from an aunt. Startled, she began to search out the history of her family, to understand the life of this woman she knew nothing about. Along the way Neilsen Glenn works to unravel the issues of racism, sexism and colonial nation building that haunt us still.

In elegant prose and poetry she has created a story of pieces, bringing to life what she could find in newspaper reports and museums. Through these fragments and portraits she gives the reader a glimpse of the lives lived by her ancestors and by women like them. Following the River is a lyric reflection on women that have been erased from our history and what that means for today. (From Wolsak and Wynn)

Author interview

Lorri Neilsen Glenn on her account of uncovering her Indigenous roots, and piecing together the fragments of stories of her great-grandmother and her contemporaries. 10:00