GILLIAN SZE

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AUGUST 2023
  • The Little Green Envelope is now out! I paired up with artist Claudine Crangle and the book is a total delight. Learn more about this envelope's adventures here.

    MAY 2023
  • I am honoured to be the 2023 recipient of the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. Thank you for giving Quiet Night Think this care and attention. Congrats to all the finalists! More here.
  • Thank you Canada Council for the Arts and the Canadian Embassy in Argentina for supporting my visit to Buenos Aires! I had the most memorable time with a team of talented translators who worked on Quiet Night Think.

    FEBRUARY 2023
  • When Sunlight Tiptoes will be released in a month! Delighted to have its first review in Publishers Weekly: "...the poem...come[s] full circle for a satisfying read." Read it here.

    DECEMBER 2022
  • Quiet Night Think has had quite a year! I'm thankful to all of you for reading and sharing my work. Here is QNT in The Globe & Mail's The Globe 100: The Best Books of 2022, CBC's Best Canadian Poetry of 2022, and Australian Book Review's Books of the Year 2022.

    OCTOBER 2022
  • Incredibly honoured to have both of my 2022 books up for two QWF prizes. Quiet Night Think is a finalist for the A. M. Klein Prize for Poetry and You Are My Favorite Color is a finalist for the Janet Savage Blachford Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature. Congrats to all of the finalists!
  • Quiet Night Think is a finalist for the Grand Prix du Livre de Montréal! Check out the Jury Selection here.

    AUGUST 2022
  • I'm honoured to be included here: The CBC Books Writers to Watch list: 30 Canadian writers on the rise in 2022
  • "Sze and her many speakers intersect and collide, each providing new context for the other." A review of Quiet Night Think here in Prism International.
  • "Work on a book usually begins accidentally, unexpectedly, by chance or luck." A lovely conversation with Yilin Wang in The Puritan.

    JUNE 2022
  • You Are My Favorite Color is officially out!
  • My poem, "Above, the Geese," is featured here in Poetry Daily.

    APRIL 2022
  • It's National Poetry Month! Quiet Night Think is officially out!
  • I was part of All Lit Up's Poetry in Motion Series. See my book featured here.
  • Quiet Night Think is listed here in CBC's "27 Canadian books coming out in April we can't wait to read"!
  • I'll be part of Quill & Quire's Poetry Month Series. Read more here.

    SEPTEMBER 2021
  • My Love For You is Always is officially out! Michelle Lee and I launched the book with Vroman's Bookstore. You can watch the whole event here.

    JULY 2021
  • The first review is up for My Love For You Is Always! And it has a star from Kirkus! "This lovefest is a feast for all the senses." Read it here.

    MARCH 2021
  • The Night is Deep and Wide is officially out!
  • "Sze's poetic description of nature's slow unwind from day into night and Todd's subdued colour palette of the illustrations do capture the quiet wonder of night and sleep ... Parents and caregivers are sure to use this board book over and over again during their child's bedtime routine." The full review is here on CM: Canadian Review of Materials.
  • "It's time to sleep, and all of life knows it in this spare, sleepy-making board book written in villanelle form. ... A lovely visual lullaby to soothe youngest readers to sleep." A starred review in Publishers Weekly!

    FEBRUARY 2021
  • My first picture book, The Night is Deep and Wide, comes out in a month. Here it is on a list of "Must-Read 2021 Board Books for Babies and Toddlers"!

    JANUARY 2021
  • Four poems have been translated into Italian and appear in the latest issue of Fare Voci. Thanks to Sandro Pecchiari and Giovanni Fierro! Read them here.

    JUNE 2020
  • My first picture book, The Night is Deep and Wide, is now up on the Orca Book website and available for pre-order. I had a great time working on this board book with editor Liz Kemp and illustrator Sue Todd!

    MAY 2020
  • It's officially announced in Publishers Weekly!
    "Talia Benamy at Philomel has bought, at auction, in a two-book deal, world rights to poet Gillian Sze's books My Love for You Is Always, illustrated by Michelle Lee, and You Are My Favorite Color, illustrated by Nina Mata."
    So excited to share these with you!
  • Poetry London is holding a digital reading series! See my reading of "Staging Paris" (from Panicle) here.

    JANUARY 2020
  • I am looking forward to mentoring Faith Paré as we kick off the QWF's Mairuth Sarsfield Mentorship program!
  • The Montreal International Poetry Prize is now open for submissions! I will serve as one of the jurors. Honoured and excited to read your work!
  • My article, "The Consolatory Fold: Anne Carson's Nox and the Melancholic Archive" is in the latest issue of SCL/ÉLC. Access it here.