Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Marilyn Gear Pilling
Marilyn Gear Pilling is the author of two collections of fiction and four books of poetry, the latest being The Bones of the World Begin to Show. This book explores the decade of life that begins at age 55, and ends at 65. Marilyn’s poetry has most recently been awarded first prize for Descant magazine’s Winston Collins “Best Canadian poem” 2009 and was shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s 2009 “Open Season” award. A short story of hers recently won second place in Grain’s 2009 short fiction contest, and her creative non-fiction was a finalist in Event magazine’s 2009 contest. Marilyn lives in Hamilton. She helps to organize the Hamilton Poetry Centre’s readings and workshops, and she teaches poetry privately to groups of students. Most recently she has read her work at the Stephen Leacock festival in Orillia, the Arts and Culture festival in Barrie, and at the Black Moss 40th Anniversary celebration in Windsor, Ontario.