UNB's Department of English welcomed Phil Hall as UNB's 37th writer-in-residence for the 2018-2019 academic year. He is a poet born in Lindsay, Ontario, and lives near Perth. He received his MA on Creative Writing from the University of Windsor.
In 1976, Hall started Flat Singles Press, producing broadsides & chapbooks. After university, he lived in Vancouver, where he was a member of the Vancouver Industrial Writers' Union, the Vancouver Men Against Rape Collective, and the Starvation Army Band. In the late 1980s wrote poetry reviews for Books In Canada, and was the Literary Editor for This Magazine. He also edited (with Andrew Vaisius) a short-lived journal called Don't Quite Yr Day-Job.
In 2009, Hall and his wife, Ann, walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
In 2011, Hall won Canada's Governor General's Award for Poetry in English for his collection, Killdeer. Killdeer also won Ontario's 2012 Trillium Book Award. Recent books include Guthrie Clothing: The Poetry of Phil Hall - A Selected Collage (2015) andConjugation (2016). Recent chapbooks include: Notes on Assemblage (2017) and The Interrupted (2017).
Hall has taught writing and literature at York University, Ryerson University, George Brown College, and Seneca College. He has been writer-in-residence at Queen's University, the University of Windsor, the University of Western Ontario, The Sage Hill Writing Experience, the Pierre Berton House, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.
While writer-in-residence at UNB, Phil Hall had an exhibition of his collage art, entitled "Cut and Past", on the first floor of the Harriet Irving Library in January-February 2019. In conjunction with this exhibit, Hall did a reading in the Beaverbrook Room (January 29) and held a discussion on the relationship between collage and poetry.
UA Case 191; Section 2; Phil Hall