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Shane Neilson, BSc MD MFA MA PhD


Completion: 2019

Thesis: Companions in this Age: A Study of Pain in Canadian Literature

Supervisor’s name: Dr. Lorraine York

Research Areas: Canadian Literature, Maritimity, Medical Humanities

Shane Neilson is a poet, physician, literary critic, and PhD graduate of the English and Cultural Studies Department at McMaster University where he researches the representations of pain as a Vanier Scholar. Shane’s clinical practice, writing practice, and scholarly practice concern issues around dis/ability, Maritimity, and Canadian literature. Shane has published several books, the most recent of which is Dysphoria from PQL (2017). He works at Student Health Services at the University of Guelph and is an adjunct professor of family medicine at McMaster.



The River and the Road: Maritime Poetry in English. Erin: Porcupine’s Quill, 2018. (forthcoming)

Dysphoria. Erin: Porcupine’s Quill, 2017.

The Witch of the Inner Wood: The Collected Long Poems of M. Travis Lane. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2016.

Heart on Fist: The Selected Prose of M. Travis Lane. Windsor: Palimpsest Press, 2016.

The Essential Poems of Travis Lane. Erin: Porcupine’s Quill, 2015.

On Shaving. Erin: Porcupine’s Quill, 2015. Poetry.

Play: Poems About Childhood. (Editor).Victoria: Frog Hollow Press, 2014.

Will. Winnipeg: Enfield and Wizenty Press, 2013. (Short fiction)

Gunmetal Blue. Kingsville: Palimpsest Press, 2011. (Memoir)

Complete Physical. Erin: Porcupine’s Quill Press. 2010. (Poetry)

Meniscus. Windsor: Biblioasis Press. 2009. (Poetry)

The Pre-Poem Moment, editor. Victoria: Frog Hollow Press. 2009. (Anthology, prose, and poetry)

Call Me Doctor. East Lawrencetown: Pottersfield Press. 2006. (Memoir)

Alden Nowlan and Illness, editor. Victoria: Frog Hollow Press. 2004. (Anthology, poetry)


Appears in these Reference Works: 

“Shane Neilson.” The New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia. St. Thomas University.

Canadian Who’s Who. Orillia: Third Sector Publishing, 2012 – present.

“Shane Neilson.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Web. 4 Sep 2014.


Academic Publications:

“Turning Round About: The Use of Nursery Rhyme in Daphne Marlatt’s Ana Historic.” Studies in Canadian Literature 38 (1): 136-150

“Pain as Metaphor: Metaphor and Medicine.” Medical Humanities. 7 Aug 2015. Open access link

“Alden Nowlan, the Schizotypal Poet.” Hektoen International. Winter 2016.

“The Surgical Mask is a Bad Fit for Risk Reduction.” Canadian Medical Association Journal. 21 March 2016.

“Beyond the Sign of the Weapon: Pain in Catherine Bush’s Claire’s Head.” Canadian Literature 228-9 (2016): 73-90.

“Introduction.” Thinking with Metaphors in Medicine: The State of the Art (Routledge Advances in the Medical Humanities). Alan Bleakley. Abingdon: Routledge, 2017.

“Time Grammar and Second Order Witnessing: On J.J. Steinfeld’s Identity Dreams and Memory Sounds.” J.J. Steinfeld: Essays on His Works. Ed. Sandra Singer. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2017.

“Math, Satire, and Sense: David Helwig’s Seawrack and Disorder.” David Helwig: Essays on His Works. Ed. Ingrid Ruthig. Toronto: Guernica Editions, 2018.