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builds bridges with his books... believes strongly that literature is a vital force in promoting world peace and understanding. (The Expositor, daily)

Background Information

Stephen Gill, a Canadian citizen, was born in Sialkot, Panjab, a region of India/Pakistan, and grew in India. He taught for three years in Ethiopia and then moved to England before settling in Canada.
He is a former president of Vesta Publications Ltd.; the Cornwall Branch of the Canadian Authors Association; a former national vice-president of the World Federalists of Canada; Indo-Asian Association of Cornwall; The Multicultural Council of Stormont and Dundas; a representative of the City of Cornwall at the Cornwall Arts Board; a director of Indo-Canada Association of Cornwall; and a chief delegate to represent the World University for Canada.
He is at present a Government certified cultural interpreter for Urdu into English and vice versa, vice-president of the Christian Cultural Association of South Asians, and an honorary member of the Ansted University Board of Advisory Council.
He is a member of prestigious national and international organizations, including The PEN; The Writers's Union of Canada; Amnesty International, and the Associated Church Press.
In 1974 and again in 1976, he sought election as an alderman (municipal councilor) in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. His platform at both occasions was to do something solid to promote different arts. He got across his message, though he was unsuccessful. Later, he started interviewing writers on the Roger Cable Station of Cornwall.
His main works are in English. In addition to English, he writes poems in Urdu, Hindi and Panjabi languages. He has authored over twenty books, including novels, literary criticism, and collections of poems. His books have been published in Canada, USA, England and India, and two of them have been translated in other languages. His poems have been translated and published in several languages.
Stephen Gill has written and published book reviews, research articles on writers from the east and west, and articles on world peace. His poetry and prose have appeared in more than four hundred publications in Canada and abroad. He often receive doctoral dissertations from different universities for evaluations. He is honorary editor/advisor to several publications. Global peace and social concerns are the main areas of his interest as a writer and speaker.


Birth Place
Panjab,  India/pak

* 1984 : Fellowship of the Celtic Chair of the University of Ottawa.

* 1986 : Receives the Honour of Doctorate in Literature from World University (USA).

* 1989, January : Feature Poet of the Month. The Plowman, Canada.

* 1989 : Receives an award from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and the Ministry of Culture and Communications.

* 1990 : Sohan Singh Gill Memorial Shiromani Sahitkar Purskar from Canadian International Punjabi Sahit Association (regd.).

* 1990 : Receives a Doctorate in Literature from World Academy of Arts & Culture (China).

* 1991 : Honourary life membership to Texas State Poetry Society.

* 1991 : Fellow Membership and award of International Eminent Poet from International Poets Academy, Madras, India.

* 1991 : Pegasus International Poetry for Peace Award from Poetry in the Arts, Inc., (Austin, Texas, USA).

* 1992, April : Poet of the Month, featured by People Plus, USA.

*1992, April : Wins the Second place for the poem "ME", and the Sixth place for "A CONVERSATION" in the Tickled By Thunder's Seventh Contest.

* 1992 : A judge for the Annual Awards for The Austin Poetry Society, Texas, USA.

*1992, July : Certificate of Appreciation from Asian Canada Biographical Centre, Canada.

*1992, August : Certificate and a Laurel Leaf, inscribed Laureate Man of Letters at the 13th world conference of United Poets Laureate International, held at The Pointe in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, from August 5 - 9.

*1993, March : Honourable mention, in the 53rd Annual International Poetry Contest in the category of haiku for "When a leaf fights the gust...

* 1993 : Service Award from Ministry of Citizenship of Ontario, Canada.

* 1994: Best Poet of Peace in The World for the year 1993 from Roger Cable 11, Canada.

* 1994 : Pride of Muskurahat from Muskurahat International, Urdu and English monthly published from Canada and Pakistan simultaneously.

* 1994 : Award of Appreciation by the Municipal Corporation of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.

* 1994 : Trophy from Al-Mohajer, Ottawa based cultural monthly review, at its annual anniversary held at Lebanese Palace on the 18th of Dec.

* 1995 : Judge for The Annual Higher Goals contest, category of poetry, held by the Evangelical Press Association of the United States.

* 1995: Poet of Peace Award by Pakistan Association of Ottawa, Canada.

* 1996: Global NRI Award from India-European Union Friendship Society, presented by Frank Flaubert, Mayor of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

* 1996: Maan Pater (honour) from International Panjabi Sahit Sabha UK.

* 1997: Mawaheb Culture Friendship Medal from Mawaheb, a literary magazine, Toronto, Canada.

* 1999: Sahir Award of Honour from Sahir Cultural Society in Ludhiana, Panjab, India.

* 2000: Award in Literature & Journalism by World Council of Asian Churches.

* 2000: Appointed as an honorary member of the Ansted University Board of Advisory Council.

* 2002: Receives The Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

* 2003 (September): Receives the honor of a doctorate from Ansted University for his poetry about world peace and for writing human rights related issues.

* 2003 (September): Ansted University appoints him Poet Laureate at its convocation held in London, England.
Stephen Gill is a former chief delegate to represent the World University for Canada. He is listed in several reference books, including Who's Who in The Commonwealth, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England; Immigrants We Read About by George Bonavia, International Production, Ottawa ; Biography International, South Asia Pub. Co., New Delhi, India ; Who's Who In Canadian Literature, Reference Press, Toronto, Canada ; Vesta's Who's Who of North American Poets, Vesta, Canada ; Ethnic & Native Canadian Literature : A Bibliography by John Miska, University of Toronto Press ; Something About The Author, vol. 63, Gale Research, USA; and Who's Who In Canada, Toronto University Press; Who's Who in Ontario, B & C List Ltd.; and several others.

Additional Information

* For additional information on Stephen Gill, please read 1- STEPHEN GILL & HIS WORKS (an evaluation) by George Hines, M.A. Ph.D.(Eng. Lit),Introduction by Dr. John Robbins, former Ambassador to the Vatican, and President of Brandon University; 2- GLIMPSES : A Selection of Published Articles About Stephen Gill and his Books. Both and other titles written by Stephen Gill are available at Vesta Publications Ltd., PO Box 1641, Cornwall, Ontario, K6H 5V6 Canada. FAX: 1- 613- 932-7735. ( * Stephen Gill is available to write 1- BIOGRAPHIES, HISTORIES, LITERARY STUDIES, FOR EDITORIAL WORKS; 2- ARTICLES ABOUT WORLD PEACE AND PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE ISSUES OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN INDIA AND PAKISTAN 3- FOR TRANSLATIONS FROM HINDI, URDU, PANJABI AND VICE VERSA * He is the Ontario Government approved interpreter/translator from Urdu to English and vice versa. * – Stephen Gill is about to complete his manuscript for a book of poems of around one hundred and sixty pages about terrorism and world peace; * Stephen Gill’s main recreation is to promote world peace and make friends. Email- sgill(at)

Contact Information

PO Box 32 
Cornwall, Ont  K6H 5R9   Canada
Contact Author: Stephen Gill

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