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Dr. Gillian Sze

Assistant Professor, English

Dr. Gillian Sze
© Concordia University, photo by Lisa Graves

Gillian Sze is the author of multiple poetry collections, including Peeling RambutanRedrafting Winter, and Panicle, which were all finalists for the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Her latest book, Quiet Night Think, was shortlisted for the same prize in 2022 and received the 2023 Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Gillian has also written books for children, including My Love For You Is Always (ill. Michelle Lee), You Are My Favorite Color (ill. Nina Mata) and The Little Green Envelope (ill. Claudine Crangle). Her debut picture book, The Night Is Deep and Wide, was listed as one of the Best Books for Kids in 2021 by the New York Public Library. Her work has been translated into Slovenian, French, Italian, Turkish, Hebrew, Spanish, and Greek. 


PhD (Université de Montréal)
BA, MA (Concordia University)



Quiet Night Think, ECW Press, 2022
Panicle, ECW Press, 2017
Redrafting Winter, BuschekBooks, 2015
Peeling Rambutan, Gaspereau Press, 2014
The Anatomy of Clay, ECW Press, 2011
Fish Bones, DC Books, 2009

Picture Books

I Drew a Heart, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2023
The Little Green Envelope,
Groundwood, 2023
When Sunlight Tiptoes, Orca Book, 2023
You Are My Favorite Color, Philomel (Penguin USA), 2022
The Night is Deep and Wide, Orca Book, 2021
My Love For You is Always, Philomel (Penguin USA), 2021


Fricatives, Gaspereau Press, 2015
Allow Me to Conjugate, Withwords Press, 2010
A Tender Invention, Withwords Press, 2008
This is the Colour I Love You Best, Withwords Press, 2007

Articles & Chapters

"Erring and Whatever" in Anne Carson / Antiquity (ed. Laura Jansen), Bloomsbury, 2021.
"The Consolatory Fold: Anne Carson's Nox and the Melancholic Archive" in SCL/ÉLC (Vol. 44, No. 1) 2019.

Other Works

A Drownful Brilliance of Wings (short film, 2016 / 8 min / Canada / English / 1.37:1); directed by Sofia Bohdanowicz, based on the poem “Arriving." Supported by Main Film and LIFT.



ENGL 210: Introduction to Essay Writing
ENGL 225: Intro to Creative Writing (Poetry)
ENGL 244: Quebec/Montreal Writing in English
ENGL 348: Creative Writing: Poetry
ENGL 429: Non-Western Poetics

Research, Creative, and Teaching Interests

Literary arts and the creative process
Contemporary poetry and women’s writing
Contemporary Canadian literature
Ekphrasis, multimedia, and collaborations
Hybrid texts and diasporic voices
The archive and material poetics


Selected Past Events

May 2023: LiterASIAN, Vancouver, BC
April 21-28, 2023: Escuela de Otoño de Traducción Literaria, Buenos Aires, Argentina
September 30, 2022: Eden Mills Writers' Festival, Eden Mills, ON
May 1-7 2022: Canadian Children's Book Week 2022: Sail into Stories/Tournée Lire à tout Vent. Online.
July 15, 2021. "We are AAPI Creators" - Panel. SLJ Picture Book Palooza. Online. 
May 20, 2020. Poetry London Digital Reading Series.
March 27, 2019: VerseFest, Ottawa, ON
April 29, 2018: The Ottawa International Literary Festival, Ottawa, ON
April 2018: The Frye Festival, Moncton, NB
September 24, 2017: The Word on the Street Festival, Toronto, ON
August 2017: Days of Poetry and Wine, Ptuj, Slovenia

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