About Robert Hilles

Welcome to the Website of Robert Hilles Canadian Poet and Novelist

I live on Salt Spring Island. In 1994, I won the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for Cantos From A Small Room. In the same year, my first novel, Raising of Voices, won the Writers Guild of Alberta George Bugnet Award for best novel. I have published fifteen books of poetry and five books of prose. My other books include: Finding The Lights On, Near Morning, Nothing Vanishes, Kissing The Smoke, Breathing Distance, Somewhere Between Obstacles and Pleasure, Higher Ground, Wrapped Within Again, Slow Ascent, Partake, and Time Lapse. Wrapped Within Again, New and Selected Poems was published in the fall of 2003 and won the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for best book of poetry. My second novel, A Gradual Ruin, was published by Doubleday Canada in 2004 and now is in paperback and ebook formats. My books have also been shortlisted for The Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Prize, The W.O. Mitchell/City of Calgary Prize, The Stephan Stephansson Award, and The Howard O’Hagan Award. My second non-fiction book, Calling The Wild, was published in the fall of 2005 from Black Moss Press. My thirteenth book of poetry, Slow Ascent, was published in the fall of 2006 and  Partake in Spring 2010 from Black Moss Press. Time Lapse was published in 2012. I have completed a short story collection called, Little Pink Houses. My latest poetry book is called, Line, and is published by Black Moss Press, 2018. I have recently completed a novel set in Thailand called, Don’t Hang Your Soul On That and I am working on a new poetry book tentatively called, One of Not Many, and a second novel set in Thailand called, One True Note.