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Marilyn Gear Pilling

Photo: Dan Pilling 2017

Marilyn Gear Pilling lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She is the author of three collections of short fiction, the most recent of which is On Huron’s Shore (Demeter Press), five collections of poetry, one chapbook, Estrangement (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2017), and is the editor of a book of poetry, Evenings on Paisley Avenue. She has won, and/or placed, in forty-five national contests for poetry, literary non fiction and fiction, including the CBC literary awards, the Western Magazine Awards and Descant’s first place award for Best Canadian Poem. She has, as well, won twenty local Hamilton awards in those three genres. Pilling’s work has been broadcast on the CBC and she has read in many venues, including Eden Mills, Harbourfront, the Banff Centre in Alberta,  the historic Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris France, and in Holguin Cuba. Several poems have been translated into Spanish. Pilling participated in the 2013 CBC poetry contest as a winnowing judge. She is past President of the Hamilton Poetry Centre.

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My Nose is a Gherkin Pickle Gone Wrong. Dunvegan, ON: Cormorant, 1996.
The Roseate Spoonbill of Happiness. Boheme, 2002
The Field Next To Love. Black Moss Press, 2002
The Life Of The Four Stomachs. Black Moss Press, 2006
Cleavage: A Life In Breasts. Black Moss Press, 2007
The Bones of the World Begin to Show. Black Moss, 2009
A Bee Garden. Cormorant Books, 2013
On Huron's Shore. Demeter, 2014
Estrangement. The Alfred Gustav Press, 2017
The Gods of East Wawanosh. Cormorant Books, 2019


Runner-up, League of Canadian Poets' National Poetry Contest, 1999 and 1998.
Second place, Prairie Fire Creative Non-Fiction Contest, 1998.
Winner, Prairie Fire Postcard Fiction Contest, 1998.
Winner, "Carousel's" Short Story Contest, 1997.
Winner, Okanagan Award for Short Fiction, Spring, 1993.
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