pilling-marilyn-gearMarilyn Gear Pilling began writing in midlife. Her poetry, short stories and essays have been published in most of Canada’s literary magazines, broadcast on CBC radio, and have won many national awards. Her stories were featured in Oberon’s Coming Attractions series in 1995, and a collection of short stories, My Nose Is A Gherkin Pickle Gone Wrong was published by Cormorant Books in 1996. A second collection of short stories was published in April 2002, The Roseate Spoonbill of Happiness, and was shortlisted for the $10,000 Writer’s Trust Award. Her first book of poetry, The Field Next To Love , came out in the fall of 2002 from Black Moss Press, and since then Black Moss has published three more of her collections of poetry: The Life of the Four Stomachs ( 2006), Cleavage: a life in breasts (2007) and The Bones of the World Begin to Show (2009). She was for many years the Head of the Arts Departments at Hamilton’s Central Library, and currently is a full-time writer and a teacher of writing. She is the President of the Hamilton Poetry Centre and a member of the Writer’s Union of Canada and the League of Canadian Poets. Pilling has a Bachelors degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Library and Information Science, also from the University of Toronto. She lives in Hamilton and grew up in Waterloo, Ontario, but her roots are in Huron County. She has read her fiction and poetry at venues across Canada, including Harbourfront in Toronto, the Eden Mills Writers Festival, the Stephen Leacock Festival, the Banff Centre for the Arts and the Windsor Bookfest. She has read her work abroad, including at the fabled “Shakespeare & Company” in Paris, France.

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