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gillian harding-russell


  • Bio and update:

    gillian harding-russell 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 now works for the Event Reading Service and Manuscript Evaluation. She edits manuscripts privately and reviews books on a freelance basis.


    Published trade books (single author)
    1. Candles in My Head , (Ekstasis Editions, 2001). ISBN 1-896860-83-4.
    2. Vertigo (River Books, 2004). ISBN 1-895836-79-4.
    3. I forgot to tell you (Thistledown Press, 2007). ISBN 978-1-897235-34-8.
    4.In Another Air (Radiant Press, 2018) forthcoming.

    Chapbooks :
    1. Apples and Mice (Alfred Gustav Press, 2008.) ISBN 978-0-9811327-0-9.
    2. Stories of Snow , (The Alfred Gustav Press, 2011).
    3. Maya: Poems for the Summer Solstice (Leaf Press, 2012).
    4. Where the days and nights are equal length (M. C. International, 2014) ISBN 9780993676925.
    5. Fox Love (Alfred Gustav Press, 2016).

    Poems in select anthologies since 2012
    1. Poet to Poet , ed. Julia Roorda and Elana Wolff (Guernica, 2012). ISBN 978-1-5507-645-0.
    2. Fathers and Grandfathers, ed. Donna Goodrich (Hiddenbrook, 2013).ISBN 978-1-927725-07-8.
    3. The Inspired Heart vol.2, ed. Bruce Kauffman. (M.C International, 2013). ISBN 9781494344627.
    4. The Inspired Heart vol. 3, ed. Melinda Cochrane. M.C. International.2014). ISBN 9780993676949.
    5. Family Ties: Memories, Poems and Good Food , ed. Kim Grove (Hiddenbrook, 2014). IBSN 978-1-927725-17-7.
    6. I Found It At the Movies , ed. Ruth Roach Pierson (Guernica, 2014). ISBN 978-1-55071-897-3.
    7. Line Dance , ed. Gerry Hill (Burton House, 2016). ISBN 97809948666912
    8. Fire and Sky: A Canadian Anthology of Poems , ed. Jocelyn Verret (Brydge Builder Press, 2016).
    9. Heartwood: For the Love of Trees, ed. Lesley Strutt (, 2018).
    10. Resilience: a poetic response to sexual assault ed. Sue Goyette (upcoming).


  • Poetry » Literary
  • Scriptwriting » Stage

Professional Services

  • Editing » Developmental/Project Editing


  • In Another Air. Radiant Press, 2018
  • Candles in my head. Ekstasis Editions, 2001
  • I forgot to tell you. Thistledown Press, 2007
  • Vertigo. River Books, 2004

Productions of Plays

  • Donkey Legs, Schmuiatcher Sandbox, Regina, 2002

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

Audience Age Groups

    • Adults
    • Secondary School (10-12)
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