Lori A May

Washington, United States

Member Since: 08/22/2012

Lori A. May writes across the genres, road-trips half the year, and drinks copious amounts of coffee. She is the author of six books, including The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & the Writing Life. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, Writer's Digest, Brevity, Midwestern Gothic, and The Writer. Her editorial roles have included working with Kaylie Jones Books (an imprint of Akashic Books), and other independent presses. She is also the founding editor of Poets’ Quarterly. She enjoys presenting at conferences and residencies across North America. Canadian by birth and disposition, with a soft spot for Detroit, she now lives in Seattle. You can also find her here on Facebook.

Website: http://www.loriamay.com

Twitter Username: @loriamay


  • The Write Crowd: Literary Citizenship & the Writing Life , Bloomsbury
  • Square Feet , Accents Publishing
  • The Low-Residency MFA Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Creative Writing Students , Continuum / Bloomsbury
  • Creative Composition: Inspiration and Techniques for Writing Instruction , Multilingual Matters


  • 4Culture: Individual Artist Award (2015)
  • The Norris Church Mailer Fellowship (2013)
  • The Literacy Center of West Michigan: short prose finalist (2013)
  • Concrete Wolf Annual Poetry Chapbook Award: semi-finalist (2009)


  • Mentor at University of King's College creative nonfiction MFA program (Halifax NS)
  • Freelance Writer, Editor, and Consultant


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Wilkes University
  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Wilkes University
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literarture and Creative Writing from University of Western Ontario

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry