Kerry Gilbert grew up in the Okanagan. She has lived on Vancouver Island, in South Korea, and in Australia. She now lives back in the valley, where she teaches Creative Writing at Okanagan College and raises her three children. Her first book of poetry, (kerplnk): a verse novel of development, was published in 2005 with Kalamalka Press. Her second book of poetry, Tight Wire, was published in 2016 with Mother Tongue Publishing. Tight Wire is on the ReLit Long Shortlist for 2017.
Most recently she won the Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Award for Best Suite by an Emerging Writer 2016/2017. The suite is the core of a new verse manuscript called Little Red, which will be published with Mother Tongue Publishing in Spring 2019. Also, three of Kerry’s poems made the long list for the 2017-2018 Ralph Gustafson Prize for the Best Poem (The Fiddlehead’s 27th annual contest).
Kerry is co-founder of Spoke Literary Festival, https://spokefestival.com/, a celebration of writers in and around the Okanagan. She also runs writing workshops for teens, called Story Makers, https://thestorymakers.ca/. Story Makers is a mentorship program that helps young writers find their voice and confidence.