Lily Gontard is a settler writer grateful to be living in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, the traditional territories of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council. Her fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in magazines such as Geist, The Puritan Magazine, and Up Here. She had a novel manuscript long-listed for the 2019 Guernica Price for Literary Fiction. Her book Beyond Mile Zero (Harbour Publishing, 2017) is a collaboration with Yukon photographer Mark Kelly that explores the vanishing Alaska Highway lodge community. Mark and Lily received the Yukon Historical Museums Associations’ 2017 Innovation, Education and Community Engagement Award in recognition of BMZ’s contribution to Yukon’s history. BMZ won the 2017 gold Foreword Indies travel writing award, and the 2018 silver IPPY travel essay award.
Lily is a regular contributor to the “Endnotes” review section of Geist magazine. Throughout her career in publishing she worked as a self-employed editor and designer, as well as in different roles for several magazines, including the Malahat Review, Geist, and Arcticamag.ca. She was the founding editor of Yukon, North of Ordinary magazine and of the now-defunct circumpolar art and culture magazine Arcticamag.ca.
Lily’s film and TV projects in development include two documentary films, a feature-length screenplay co-written with K. G. Green and two TV series co-written with Tonya Mallet.