gillian harding-russell was born in Toronto and grew up in St Jean, Quebec, outside of Montreal. She now lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.
She received her BA (Hons, 1st Class) and MA from McGill, and her Ph.D at the University of Saskatchewan. Her dissertation was on post-modern Canadian poetry: Open Form of Mythopoeia in Postmodern Canadian Poetry, including Michael Ondaatje and Gwendolyn MacEwen.
She has taught as a sessional lecturer at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina and through Regina University Extension. Between 1986 and 2005, she was poetry editor for Event magazine and at present works for the Event Reading Service editorial. She reviews books for many literary journals, most regularly for the Prairie Fire website.
She runs creative writing workshops privately or through the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild. By special request, she will also carry out private tutorials and edit fiction and poetry.
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