Born on August 11, 1976, Gillian Wigmore grew up in Vanderhoof, BC, graduated from the University of Victoria in 1999, and lives in Prince George. She has been published in Geist, CV2, filling station, and the Inner Harbour Review, among others. Her second collection, soft geography, which she describes as "kind of a love song for north central B.C.," was shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 2008 and it received the 8th Annual ReLit Award for poetry. The ReLit Awards, short for Regarding Literature, Reinventing Literature, Relighting Literature, were founded in 2000 and emphasize the importance of ideas over big-money prizes.

Emphasizing the collision of earthly and constructed landscapes in Northern British Columbia, Gillian Wigmore's poetry collection, Dirt of Ages (Nightwood), was one of three shortlisted nominees for the 2014 George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature, along with Adrienne Fitzpatrick's fictionalized travel narrative, The Earth Remembers Everything (Caitlin Press) and Bev Sellars' They Called Me Number One: Secrets and Survival at an Indian Residential School (Talonbooks), a non-fiction account of three generations of women forced to attend Canada's residential schools.

Orient (Brick Books $20) is the third collection from Gillian Wigmore and builds on her reputation as one of Western Canada's most accomplished poets. Consisting of mainly three long poems, Orient is an extended meditation on the connection between man and fish, the lament of a soulful cowboy poet looking up from rock bottom, and an envisioning of an intimate relationship between a pioneer and a powerful crone.

Glory (Invisible $19.95)

Prince George-based Gillian Wigmore, born in Vanderhoof, has released her first novel, Glory (Invisible $19.95), about a woman in a boomtown struggling to deal with misogyny and her limited opportunities. When she meets a couple of bar-singing cousins, one named Glory, the trio fight for footing against all the odds. The story is told through several characters and a cast of people from the community, all of whom spin their own tales of reality. Sounds like the makings of a great TV series. (In 2006, CTV produced 13 half-hour episodes for Alice, I Think, based on Nanaimo author Susan Juby's books about growing up in Smithers.) 978-1926743981

In Night Watch: The Vet Suite (Invisible Publishing $19.95), Wigmore explores the lives of rural veterinarians in three novellas. Described as a cross between James Herriot and a "Canadian gothic sensibility," Wigmore mingles stories of animals with people in places as varied as small-town B.C., southern France and Fiji. 9781988784588


home when it moves you (Creekstone Press, 2005). chapbook
soft geography (Caitlin Press, 2007)
grayling (Nightwood, 2010) $18.95 978-0-88971-255-3
Dirt of Ages (Nightwood, 2012) $18.95 9780-88971-264-6
Orient (Brick Books 2014) $20 1926829-92-1
Glory (Invisible Publishing, 2017). Novel
Night Watch: The Vet Suite (Invisible Publishing, 2021) $19.95 9781988784588

[BCBW 2021]