Lakshmi Gill

Gill, Lakshmi

Myrna Lakshmi Gill, of East Indian and Spanish parentage, was born in Manila, Philippines in 1943. Her father was born in India and her mother in the Philippines. Gill studied in the United States and came to Canada in 1964 to pursue graduate studies (M.A.) at the University of British Columbia. Later, she began but did not complete a Ph.D. at the University of New Brunswick. She resides in Vancouver where she teaches ESL. Her early poetry was influenced by Rabindranath Tagore.

Fiction

The Third Infinitive

Toronto: TSAR, 1993.
9th floor PS8563 .I498 T45 1993

Publisher’s Synopsis

Manila in the 1950s — the War is over, memories of the Japanese occupation are fresh; America entices, Elvis is King, and James Dean a sweet daydream; but the nuns at the Maryknoll Catholic school lay down the discipline. This is the world of Jazz, Sis One and Sis Two, three daughters of a man who is a former Indian nationalist and his Filipina wife. … As the three girls come of age, and their innocent privileged world transforms, the conflicts of ethnic, national, and personal identity come to the fore, and they choose their separate ways, all intimately related to the Catholic ethos of service, charity, knowledge and love.

Poetry

During Rain, I Plant Chrysanthemums

Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1966.

Poetry

First Clearing: An Immigrant’s Tour of Life : Poems

Manila, Philippines: Estaniel Press, 1972.

Poetry

Mind-walls: Poems

Fredericton, N.B.: Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1970.

Limited editon of 500 copies.

Poetry

Novena to St. Jude Thaddeus: Poems

Fredericton, N.B.: Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1979.

Poetry

Rape of the Spirit: Poems of Myrna Gill

Manila, Philippines: M. Colcol, 1962.

Poetry

Returning the Empties: Selected Poems, 1960s-1990s

Toronto: TSAR, 1998.

Anthology (Poetry)

New Wave Canada: The New Explosion in Canadian Poetry

Souster, Raymond, ed.
Toronto: Contact Press, 1966.
9th floor PS8292 .S68 1966

Links

Lakshmi Gill page from the Writers Union of Canada website

Publisher TSAR