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Gillian Harding-Russell
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Secondary (Grades 10-12)

Gillian Harding-Russell


gillian harding-russell is a poet, editor, and reviewer. She has five poetry books published, the most recent,Uninterrupted (Ekstasis Editions, 2020) Both Uninterrupted and her previous collection In Another Air (Radiant 2018)were shortlisted for Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her seventh chapbook, Megrim (Alfred Gustav Press, 2021)-- which translates as 'migraine' in Greek -- was published this spring. Her work has been shortlisted three times for Exile’s Gwendolyn MacEwen chapbook award, and in 2016, the sequence “Making Sense” was chosen as “Best suite” by a poet at any time in her career. She has also won second place twice in the Grit Lit competitions and was shortlisted for the The Puritan's Thomas Morton in 2012. Her work has been anthologized in eighteen collections and published in journals across Canada. 

She received her Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan. Her doctorate dissertation, on postmodern Canadian poetry entitled Open Forms of Mythopoeia in post-modern Canadian poetry focusing on the poetry of Gwendolyn MacEwan and Michael Ondaatje. gillian harding-russell has taught at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina and through University Extension and the Sociology department. Between 1988 and 2005, she was poetry editor for Event and remains poetry editor for the Event Reading Service. At present, she edits manuscripts privately and reviews books on a freelance basis.

Publications: Published trade books (single author)

1. Uninterrupted (Ekstasis Editions, 2020).

2. In Another Air (Radiant Press, 2018)

3. I forgot to tell you (Thistledown Press, 2007)

4. Vertigo (River Books, 2004) 

5. Candles in My Head,(Ekstasis Editions, 2001). 


Chapbooks :

1. Megrim ( The Alfred Gustav Press, 2021) 

2. Fox Love (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2016)

3. Where the days and nights are equal length (M.C. International, 2014)

4. Maya: poems for the summer solstice (Leaf Press, 2012)

5. Stories of Snow (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2011).

6. Apples and Mice (Alfred Gustav Press, 2008.) 


Poems in anthologies 

1. apart: a year of pandemic poetry and prose, ed. Courtney Hardy-Bates and Dave Margoshes (SWG, 2021) ISBN 9780968845172

2. Resistance: Righteous Rage in the Age of #MeToo, ed. Sue Goyette (University of Regina Press, 2021) ISBN 9780889778016  

3. Sweet Water: Poems for the Watersheds, ed. Yvonne Blomer (Caitlin Press, 2020).ISBN-13: 978-1-773860220

4. Heartwood: For the Love of Trees, ed. Lesley Strutt (League of Canadian Poets, 2018). ISBN 978-1-896216-51-5

5. Line Dance, ed. Gerry Hill (Burton House, 2016). ISBN 978-0-9948666912

6. Fire and Sky: A Canadian Anthology of Poem, ed. Jocelyn Verret (Brydge Builder Press, 2016).

7. I Found It At the Movies, ed. Ruth Roach Pierson (Guernica, 2014). ISBN 978-1-55071-897-3

8.  Family Ties: Memories, Poems and Good Food, ed. Kim Grove (Hiddenbrook, 2014). IBSN 978-1-927725-17-7

9. The Inspired Heart vol. 3, ed. Melinda Cochrane. M.C. International.2014). ISBN 9780993676949

10. The Inspired Heart vol.2, ed. Bruce Kauffman.  (M.C International, 2013). ISBN 9781494344627

11. Fathers and Grandfathers, ed. Donna Goodrich (Hiddenbrook, 2013). ISBN 978-1-927725-07-8

12. Poet to Poet, ed. Julia Roorda and Elana Wolff (Guernica, 2012). ISBN 978-1-5507-645-0.

13. That Not Forgotten, ed. Bruce Kauffman (Hiddenbrook, 2012). ISBN 978-1-897475-89-8.

14.  Letting Go: Poems about Surviving a Loss, ed. Hugh MacDonald (Black Moss, 2005). IBSN 0-88753-393-0

15. Land/Space: An Anthology of Speculative Prairie Literature, eds. Candice Jane Dorsey and Judy McCrosky (Tesseract, 2003).IBSN: 1-895836-92-

16. The Common Sky: Poems against the US-led Invasion of Iraq, ed. Stephen Gregory (Three Square Press, 2003). IBSN: 0-9732578-0-6

17. No Choice but to Trust, ed. James Deahl (Mekler & Deahl, 2000). IBSN, 1-884206-08-5.

18. Waiting for you to Speak, ed. James Deahl (Mekler & Deahl, 1999). IBSN: 1-884206-05-0



Workshops Offered

Looking for the evocative poetic line and finding emotional containment in traditional poetic forms
Group Size: 5-6
Although open forms of poetry are most commonly written and published today (so that some litmags post ‘no-rhyming poems’ warnings on their websites), a new formalism is springing up among poets who may feel that they would like the added challenge and discipline of writing in a traditional form. Typically, however, postmodern poets who return to these traditional forms are on their guard not to force a rhyme or to allow form to restrict content and so may take the rules of form with a grain of
Transcribing Experience into Open forms of Poetry
Group Size: 5-6
Many see contemporary poetry as having made a break with tradition and view this trend as a release from too-rigid restrictions of the past in which established metre and rhyme were required. While Shakespearian blank verse in which the accentual-syllabic iambic pentameter line was used without recourse to end-rhyme may be seen to mark one such break, Whitman’s free verse in which the line break is defined by imagery and the cadence or breath take marks a greater break from traditional expectati


In Another Air

Radiant Press, 2018,

I forgot to tell you

Thistledown Press, 2007,


River Books, 2004,

Candles in my head

Ekstasis Editions, 2001,


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