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Author Bio

Lori McNulty is an author, digital storyteller (photography, video, film), and travel writer. She is a two-time Journey Prize nominee, and a three-time finalist for the CBC Canada Writes Prizes, long-listed in both fiction and non-fiction. Lori was also short-listed for the New Quarterly Edna Staebler Personal Essay contest and other literary awards.
Her writing has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The New Quarterly, PRISM international, The Dalhousie Review, Descant and the Globe & Mail. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Arts degree in English from McGill University. A global traveler, she has trekked the Garhwal Himalayas, visited Russia during Perestroika, and interviewed street vendors from Ahmedabad, India to Durban, South Africa. Originally from Ottawa, Lori has  lived in Montreal, Toronto, and Edmonton, and now lives near the ocean in Vancouver, Canada. 
Life on Mars is her debut short fiction collection. She is now at work on a novel.



News, Reviews & Interviews

Latest News & Publications


Canada C3 Commemorative Book is now available


“The Petrified Dancers” non-fiction in the extraordinary Body & Soul anthology, coming soon.


Life on Mars short-listed for the 2017 Danuta Gleed Literary Award.  

Recent coverage and appearances


Review, Life on Mars, Canadian Notes & Queries, February 2018

Review, Life on Mars, Scene Magazine, July, 2017

Word Vancouver, September 24, 2017 – Library Square (time TBD)

Wild Writers Festival, November 4, 2017 – 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo

Toronto star article quoting Lori McNulty as writer-in-residence aboard Canada C3 Expedition – August 20, 2017

Writer-in-residence, Canada C3 Expedition – July 11-23, 2017

Publishers Weekly Reviews Life on Mars – June 26, 2017

Review of Life on Mars in Winnipeg Review – 2017

Interview with Brad de Roo – Canadian Notes & Queries – April 12, 2017

CBC Reads interview – “Why Lori McNulty sees Mars as a metaphor for the human experience.” – April 3, 2017

Vancouver Sun book review: “Red Planet Shines in Life on Mars” – March 24, 2017

“Beautiful and Horrifying: Lori McNulty on where the two meet.” – 49th Bookshelf

The Chat – Interview with Trevor Corkum – 49th Bookshelf

National Post – The Writer’s Trust Conversations – Lori McNulty and K.D. Miller

49th Bookshelf names Life on Mars a top read for Spring 2017 and notable book

Fingernecklace, brief review – Toronto Prose Mill
















“This marvellous collection displays a deep understanding of human nature through its gritty, complex, vivid, and believable characters, who find themselves experiencing alienation no matter where they live or travel in the world. McNulty’s language is lucid, fluid, and precise, employing inventive similes and metaphors. The work highlights the fragile, random unpredictability of life: we are victims of our circumstances, our natures, and our bodies.”

– from the Jury, Danuta Gleed Literary Award

Debut short fiction collection: Life on Mars


Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Paperback: 9780864928887


A middle-aged sportswriter gets a new lease on life with a heart transplant and develops an intimate relationship with his donated heart. Two brothers find in their rotting family tree the tangled roots of a dark childhood memory. A young woman travels to Thailand to reconnect body and sould and returns home, physically transformed, to face the wrath of her estranged mother. A divorced man struggling to rediscover his place in the world hits the road from California to Newfoundland, guided by an irascible talking squid.

Life on Mars, Lori McNulty’s wild debut collection, sears the heart with blinding black humour and whiplash fast prose. With a flawless talent for juxtaposing the absurd with the everyday, violence and discord with redemption and metamorphosis, McNulty takes readers on an unexpected ride into the core of human existence.

Blending aesthetic styles from high realism to the fable-esque, Life on Mars devours life’s numbing tragedies and exhilarating passions with ravenous appetite. These are raw, moving, strange stories — an unforgettable reckoning for our disconnected times


“It is confirmed! There is Life on Mars and it is fierce and ferocious and full of love and loneliness. Lori McNulty’s stories are wise and funny and they pound with an energy that is simultaneously physical and philosophical. Get ready to go, boldly, where Canadian fiction has never been before.“

– Alexander McLeod, author of Light Lifting and Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist



“Each of these stories moves like a lit fuse racing towards a keg of dynamite. Life on Mars boldly excavates the darkness within to emerge with its characters’ bloodied but still pulsing hearts held high. Lori McNulty leads her teenage stoners and cutters, her conflicted widows, her mentally ill, her sentient squids and many-armed gods to the edge of the cliff and dares them to live. This is ferocious fiction from a new master witness of life on earth.“

 – Zsuzsi Gartner, author of Better Living Through Plastic Explosives, and Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist


“These narratives are fresh and startling. They confirm Lori McNulty as a writer who can roam the universe, crossing boundaries of gender, species, and even mortality, while never straying from her native terrain — that of the human heart.”

 – K.D. Miller, author of All Saints and short-list finalist for 2014 Rogers Writers’ Trust Award.

Media Inquiries

For media requests and review copies, please contact: Publicity Manager, Goose Lane Editions

506.450.4251 x 230 |

Susanne Alexander, Publisher, Goose Lane Editions  

506.450.4251 x 222 |

Literary agent: Samantha Haywood, Transatlantic Agency

p: +1 (416) 488-9214 |

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