Robert Hilles lives on Salt Spring Island with his partner Pearl Luke. In 1994, he won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for Cantos From A Small Room. In the same year, his first novel, Raising of Voices, won the Writers Guild of Alberta George Bugnet Award for best novel. Hilles has published fourteen books of poetry and five books of prose. Hilles’ books have also been shortlisted for The Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Prize, The W.O. Mitchell/City of Calgary Prize, The Stephan G. Stephansson Award, and The Howard O’Hagan Award. Hilles’ second non-fiction book, Calling The Wild, was published in the fall of 2005 from Black Moss Press. His thirteenth book of poetry, Slow Ascent, was published in the fall of 2006 and Partake in Spring 2010 from Black Moss Press. His latest poetry book is Time Lapse published in 2012.