Charlotte Gill named chair of literary journalism at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Charlotte Gill is the author of the memoir Eating Dirt.
Charlotte Gill is the new chair of literary journalism at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. (Submitted by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity)

Charlotte Gill has been named the new chair in literary journalism at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Gill is the author of the 2012 memoir Eating Dirt, which looks back at the two decades Gill spent working as a tree planter aross Canada. Eating Dirt was a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize and the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

Her 2006 short story collection Lady Killer was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction. 

The literary journalism program at the Banff Centre is a funded month-long residency, where writers are encourages to explore and experiment with nonfiction creative writing and journalism. It also features regular visitors and speakers. The program was established in 1989.

The 2020 program is currently open for applications. 

"My first experience at Banff Centre was as an artist almost 20 years ago and it completely changed my professional trajectory as an author," Charlotte Gill said in a press release. "I'm well aware of the contribution Banff Centre makes to arts and culture in North America and beyond. It provides an extraordinary and unique learning environment for writers."

Gill will hold the position from 2020 to 2023. She succeeds Susan Orlean, who is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of books such as the novel Orchard Thief and the nonfiction book The Library Book.

Orlean held the position from 2018-2019.

Other past chairs include Alberto Manguel, Rosemary Sullivan and Ian Brown.

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a partner with the CBC Literary Prizes


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