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A Loss for BC's Literary Community - May 14, 2009

spring gala Kuldip Gill, Ph.D., was born in Faridkot District, Punjab India in 1934. She immigrated to Canada at the age of five and then attended school in the Fraser Valley. Gill worked in the forestry and mining industries for twenty years and then received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in social anthropology from the University of British Columbia. She also received an MFA in Theatre, Film and Creative Writing from UBC and was the recipient of the Norman Rothstein Memorial Scholarship at UBC in recognition of scholarly achievement. The University College of the Fraser Valley bestowed Gill with an honorary doctor of letters (D.Litt) in 2005. Gill taught at UBC, Simon Fraser University, the Open Learning Agency and the University of the Fraser Valley. She served as the president of the Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of BC, and spent time on the boards of the Vancouver YWCA and the Vancouver Chief Constable’s Diversity Advisory Committee.

Gill wrote short fiction, non-fiction and reviews of poetry and fiction, and served on the editorial board of Prism International and the advisory council of Event. Her poetry has been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies such as In Fine Form: The Canadian Book of Form Poetry and Red Silk: An Anthology of South Asian Canadian Women Poets.
Gill authored Valley Sutra, a collection of poetry forthcoming from Caitlin Press this fall of 2009.

We wish to extend our sympathies to all who knew and loved her. There will be a celebration of Kuldip's life on June 6 in Abbotsford, BC. Details to follow.