Mary Gilliland


172 Pearsall Place
Ithaca, NY 14850

Author's Bio

Mary Gilliland is the author of The Ruined Walled Castle Garden (2020), winner of the Bright Hill Press Chapbook Competition. Recent poems and commentary also appear in The Fiddlehead, Stand, TAB, and Vallum. Her poetry has been anthologized in Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms In Our Hands, and the forthcoming Wild Gods. Gilliland was the featured poet at the Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival in 2009 and was cited in the BBC Wildlife Magazine (2002) Poet of the Year awards. Other honors include a Stanley Kunitz Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts and a Cornell Council on the Arts faculty grant. She is also a founding member of Light On The Hill retreat center in upstate New York.

Alice Fulton has called Gilliland “by turns mystical and realist” with a vision “profound and enduring,” and describes the work in her newest book as “sinewy” and “nuanced”—“poems that understand earth—and consciousness—as gardens that no walls or enchantments can protect.”

Workshop and presentation topics that Mary has created include ‘Litanies and Labyrinths’; ‘Michael Field: Poetic Collaboration between a Victorian Aunt and Niece’; ‘Walking Out of Oneself: Poetry and Labyrinths’; ‘Writing from the Heart.’

Publications & Prizes

Like Light (Bright Hill Press, 2017)
Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms In Our Hands (Shabda Press, 2017)
The &NOW Awards: The Best Innovative Writing (Northwestern University Press, 2015)
Gathering Fire (Ithaca House, 1982)
The Ruined Walled Castle Garden (Bright Hill Press, 2020)
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Yellow Silk
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Bright Hill Press Poetry Chapbook Competition Winner; Stanley Kunitz Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown; Cornell University Council for the Arts Faculty Grant; BBC Wildlife Magazine Poet of the Year Award for Nature Poetry; Ann Stanford Poetry Prize; Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry; Judith Siegel Pearson Award for Poetry

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Last update: May 15, 2021