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