Gillian Wallace was born in Montreal and lived in the area until she was nine, when her family moved to the city where Jumbo the Elephant died: St. Thomas, Ontario. Having earned her BA in music (performance) at the University of Western Ontario, she went on to do graduate work (MA Toronto, PhD Ottawa) in the psychology of religion. She taught part-time at the University of Ottawa for five years while writing her thesis on original sin.
Once done, she turned her attention to literature, graduating from the Humber School for Writers in fiction in 2004. She started writing poetry seriously in 2007 but continues to work on novels, polishing her first one to be publisher ready (learner ones lie buried in a drawer) and editing the first draft of another one.
Gillian now makes her home in Ottawa where she lives in a glass house with her geographer husband and is a member of the OtherTongues poetry group.
2012 2nd Prize, Poetry, This Magazine, Great Canadian Literary Hunt
2012 Honourable Mention, Poetry, Room Magazine 2012 Contest
2010 Hot Ottawa Voice in Poetry, Tree Reading Series
2009 Diana Brebner Prize for Poetry, Arc Poetry Magazine,
. ‘Crow, of the family Corvidae’
2009 Finalist, Origami Crane Open-Mic Prize, Tree Reading Series
Poems Published In:
2012 in Descant 159: A Winter’s Guide to Melancholia, 3 poems
2012 in This Magazine, online, 1 poem
2012 in Room Magazine, online, 1 poem
2012 in After the Bookstore Closes for the Night Chapbook, 3 poems
2011 in a wall’s sharp white Chapbook, 1 poem
2010 Parliamentary Poem of the Month, December
2010 in Arc Poetry Annual 2011, 1 commissioned poem
2010 in Room Magazine 33.1, 2 poems
2010 in Arc Poetry Magazine, Winter, 1 poem
2010 in Barely Their Chapbook, 2 poems
2009 in ottawater, 5th Issue, 1 poem
2008 in The Antigonish Review, 154, 1 poem
2007 in Ottawa Arts Review, Fall, 1 poem
‘Crow, of the family Corvidae’ – firstly… there is not a misstep anywhere, not a bump or confusion or weak word; the language throughout is accomplished and lyrical. Secondly, the poem is integrated: it is whole, complete, entirely satisfying. Finally, although it reads like a gentle nature lyric, it encompasses tensions between death and life, loneliness and community, youth and age, natural and human violence… Susan McMaster
Sept 18 Arc Poetry Annual 2011 Poetry Art Chain, Manx Pub, Ottawa
Sept 18 Barely Their Poetry Obelisk Launch, outside Blink Gallery, Ottawa
Aug 10 Hot Ottawa Voices, Tree Reading Series, Arts Court, Ottawa
Feb 16 Diana Brebner Prize, Arc Launch, Collected Works Bookstore, Ottawa
Jan 29 Ottawater 5 Launch, Arts Court, Ottawa
2010 Guerilla Magazine
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