In his new poetry collection, Gerald Hill invites you to take a cruise down the streets of Hillsdale, learn about its architecture, rehearse its schoolyard taunts and sample its denizens’ favourite drink recipes. Fusing history, geography and autobiography to create a document of life in Regina’s suburbs, then and now, Hill peels back placid suburban archetypes to expose the messy, challenging systems churning underneath. Spend some time in Hillsdale, and you’ll soon realize that places have stories of their own, chronicles that can be read as deeply as any book, if you know what you’re doing.
Gerald Hill is a two-time winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Poetry. Active as both organizer of and participant in workshops, conferences and courses, Gerald teaches English and Creative Writing at Luther College at the University of Regina, amid spells of readings and writing residencies in Canada and Europe. Published widely in literary journals and anthologies, Gerald Hill has published five previous poetry collections: Heartwood, The Man from Saskatchewan, Getting to Know You, which won the Saskatchewan Poetry Award in 2004, My Human Comedy and 14 Tractors, which also won the Saskatchewan Poetry Award. His latest collection, Hillsdale Book, will be released in Spring 2015.