Nancy Mattson
Finnish North American Literature Association
Biographical Information

Nancy Mattson was born in Winnipeg in 1947 and raised in Edmonton, Alberta.
She is a third generation Finnish Canadian who writes both prose and poetry.  All
of her grandparents emigrated from Finland to Canada and settled in the farming
community of New Finland, Saskatchewan. She has two children from her first
marriage in Canada. In 1990 she moved to London, England, where she still lives
with her husband, Michael Bartholomew-Biggs.

You can find more information about and contact the poet at


Writing with Mercury. Hexham, England: Flambard Press, 2006. (Poetry)

Maria Breaks Her Silence.  Regina, Canada: Coteau Books, 1989.  (Poetry based
on life of a 19th century Finnish Canadian immigrant woman. Shortlisted for Gerald
Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada)

Life in the New Finland Woods: A History of New Finland, Saskatchewan.
Rocanville, Canada: New Finland Historical and Heritage Society, 1982.  (History.
Co-author & editor)  


Speaking English. Nottingham, England: Five Leaves Press, 2007. (One poem)

Take Five 06. Nottingham, England: Shoestring Press, 2006. (Fourteen of my
poems are in this anthology of work by five poets)

Images of Women. Darlington, England:  Arrowhead Press and Second Light
Publications, 2006. (One poem)

My Mother Threw Knives: Poems about Women's Lives. London: Second Light
Publications, 2006. (Two poems)

In Fine Form: An Anthology of Canadian Form Poetry. Vancouver, Canada:
Polestar, 2005. (One poem)

6th Ware Poetry Competition Anthology. Ware, England: Rockingham Press, 2004.
(One poem)

In the Company of Poets: An Anthology Celebrating 21 Years of Readings at
Torriano Meeting House
. London: Hearing Eye, 2003. (Three poems)

Eureka! An Anthology Celebrating 25 Years of Toddington Poetry Society. Luton:
Toddington Poetry Society, 2002. (One poem)

Life in the New Finland Woods, Volume 2. Wapella, Canada: New Finland
Historical and Heritage Society, 2001. (Essay and three poems)

Spiral Bound: An Anthology of Poetry & Songs of Genes & their Engineering.
London: Hearing Eye, 2000. (One poem)

Going Some Place: Creative Non-fiction Across Canada. Regina, Canada: Coteau,
2000.  (One essay)

Juuret Suomessa: Ulkosuomalaisten Runoantologia. Helsinki, Finland: Otava,
1991. (Two poems, in English and with Finnish translations by Raimo Olkkonen)  

Out of Place: An Anthology of Canadian Ethnic Writing. Regina, Canada: Coteau,
1991. (One poem)

Sampo: The Magic Mill. Minneapolis, Minnesota: New Rivers Press, 1989. (Several

More Garden Varieties Two. Stratford, Canada: Mercury Press, 1990. (One poem)


UK and Ireland:
The Independent on Sunday. London, England. 14 January 2007. (One poem)

Poems in the Waiting Room. London, England. Spring 2007. (One poem)

Magma, 2005

The SHop, 2004

The Journal, 2004

Manifold, 2004

Staple, 2001 & 1999

Seam, 2000, 1999 & 1998

Other Poetry, 2003 & 1998

Interpreter's House, 2004, 2003, 2002 & 1998

Orbis, 1998 & 1991

Other Voices, 2003, 1990 & 1988

Prism International, 2002 & 1988

Secrets from the Orange Couch, 1990

Whetstone, 1989

The New Quarterly, 1988

Canadian Woman Studies/Les cahiers de la femme, 1988

Northward Journal, 1988 & 1986

NeWest Review, 1987

The Capilano Review, 1987

Canadian Forum, 1986

CV2, 1983

Lye Soap and Dancing Cows, directed by Alison Wells, Edmonton Fringe Theatre
Festival, August 1989.

Poetry on CBC Radio, Alberta Anthology, 1987 & 1988; play on CBC Radio,
Alberta Anthology, 1990; poetry on Finnish Radio Broadcasting Corporation, 1987.

Interviews on radio & television in Canada; numerous poetry readings in Canada,
UK, US & Finland.

Grolier Encyclopedia articles on Canadian novelists Rudy Wiebe, Farley Mowat
and W.P. Kinsella, 2003.

“Forging an Identity: Finnish Canadian Perspectives in English Canadian
Literature,” in Proceedings of the Conference on Literatures of Lesser Diffusion,
Research Institute for Comparative Literature, University of Alberta, 1990.

“The New Finland Historical Society & Life in the New Finland Woods,” in Caring for
our Past: Documenting Saskatchewan's Multicultural Heritage.  Saskatchewan
Archives Board, 1985.

“Old Shadows, New Images: A Revisionist View of the Principal's Role.”  Co-
author.  The Alberta Journal of Educational Research,  1988.

The Dynamics of Diversity: The Faculty of Education in Context.  Co-author.
Edmonton: U. of Alberta, Faculty of Education, 1987.