Marilyn Gear Pilling began writing in 1991. Her work was featured in Oberon’s Coming Attractions series in 1994. She is the author of three collections of poetry, The Field Next To Love (Black Moss, 2002), The Life of the Four Stomachs (Black Moss, 2006), and Cleavage: a Life in Breasts (Black Moss, 2007). Her short fiction and poetry have been published in most of Canada’s literary magazines, and have won and been shortlisted for many national awards, most recently third place in Prairie Fire’s Creative Non-Fiction category. Her work has been in the finals for both the CBC literary competition and the Western Magazine Awards, and her poetry has been broadcast on CBC radio. She has won nine Hamilton and Region Arts Council awards for her poetry and for her short fiction. The Roseate Spoonbill of Happiness, was shortlisted for the $10,000 Upper Canada Writers’ Craft Award.
Pilling has read her work in many venues, including Eden Mills, Harbourfront, the Banff Centre in Alberta, in Vitteau, France in the spring of ’06 and at the historic Shakespeare & Company Bookstore in Paris, France. The Toronto Star said of her fiction: “Pilling has a poet’s gift for unlocking the strangeness beneath the familiar; her seductive stories reveal the secret flamboyance under the surfaces of our lives.”