Gillian Sze is the author of multiple poetry collections and children’s picture books. Her poetry has been nominated for the QWF’s A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry, and received awards such as the University of Winnipeg Writers’ Circle Prize and the 3Macs carte blanche Prize. Her work has attained starred reviews from Quill & Quire, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews, and has been translated into six different languages. Gillian studied creative writing at Concordia University and received a PhD in études anglaises from Université de Montréal.
Sze’s latest book, Quiet Night Think, is a collection of six personal essays, poems and a concluding long poem. It is her most diverse book to date, and as Sze moves between poetry and prose, she invites readers to mediate with her on questions of emergence and transformation. Poetry Foundation describes the book as “a collection of finely observed poems and invitingly associative essays, in which Sze muses on language, translation, and individual words, across English, Mandarin, and her family’s dialect, Hokkien.
Originally from Winnipeg, she now lives in Montreal, where she teaches creative writing and literature.