Alan Girling is a poet who also writes short fiction and creative prose. He has received two first place poetry prizes, one in Vancouver Co-op Radio Community Dreams Contest and the other in Royal City Literary Arts Society’s Write On! Contest. He was a finalist for the Larry Turner Award for Non-Fiction, and once had a short play produced for Vancouver’s Walking Fish Festival.
He has had his work featured online, in journals and anthologies, on radio, at local live readings, in shop windows, and in one ‘slim’ chapbook. The diverse venues and publications include Lichen Arts and Letters Preview, Hobart, The MacGuffin, Smokelong Quarterly, Pagitica, Artella, FreeFall, Six Sentences, Galleon, In My Bed, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Body Breakdowns, Blue Skies Poetry, Black Heart Magazine, Canadian Stories, The Rotary Dial, CBC Radio, World Poetry Cafe, Poetic Justice, and Surrey Muse.
Alan grew up in North Vancouver, stayed in Japan for six years, and now lives in Richmond. He teaches at Langara College and ‘otherwise tends to write poetry or occasionally, as in a past life, short fiction‘.
Alan Girling also is a rare individual of acute perceptions and strong social sensibilities regarding race, class and the environment. If you happen to exchange email messages with him, expect to find at the bottom something like this as his signature: ‘We’re in a giant car heading toward a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit‘, by David Suzuki.
But before that car hits that wall, we are hoping to have Alan present his work at the May 26 gathering of Surrey Muse as the Featured Author.
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