Charlotte Gill is a Canadian author of fiction and narrative nonfiction, as well as a former professional tree planter. In 17 seasons, she planted more than a million trees.
Her tree-planting memoir, Eating Dirt follows tree planters through a year on the job, through bugs and bears, remote camps and logging towns, offering a glimpse into the unique subculture of those who work at one of the dirtiest jobs left on earth among the world’s last giant trees. It was nominated for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize, the Charles Taylor Prize, and two B.C. Book Prizes, and was the 2012 winner of the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.
Some of the vehicles she’s commuted to work in include helicopters, rowboats, ATVs, inflatable dinghies, and amphibious military vehicles.
Her previous book, Ladykiller, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award and winner of the B.C. Book Prize for fiction. Her work has appeared in Best Canadian Stories, The Journey Prize Stories, and many magazines.
She is currently faculty in creative writing at the University of British Columbia and King’s College at Dalhousie University. She lives on the Sunshine Coast of BC.