Lori Hahnel’s latest book, Vermin: Stories, won an Alberta Literary Award, and was a finalist for a High Plains Book Award, the CAA Fred Kerner Award and the Saskatchewan Foundation for the Arts Glengarry Book Award. She is also the author of two novels, Love Minus Zero and After You’ve Gone , and a previous story collection, Nothing Sacred. A new novel is forthcoming from University of Calgary Press in Fall 2023. Her work has been broadcast on CBC Radio, and has appeared in The Fiddlehead, Joyland, The Saturday Evening Post and many other journals and anthologies in Canada, the US, Australia and the UK. She is currently at work on a novel based on the life of pianist and composer Clara Schumann.
Lori writes fiction about love, loss, longing, music, history, and the lives of women. Her first novel was loosely based on the formative experience in her teen years of playing in Calgary band The Virgins, in the context of the male-dominated world of 1980’s punk music. She is fascinated by outsiders, misfits, the strange, and the forgotten.
Lori was Calgary Public Library’s Author-in-Residence in 2020 and has taught creative writing at Mount Royal University and the Alexandra Writers’ Centre. She has also acted as a mentor through the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, The Writers’ Guild of Alberta and AWCS.
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