While we always like to celebrate the large amount of literary talent in Ontario, this is an extra-special reason! Poets from the province made a strong showing during the announcement of the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist on Thursday, taking up eleven spots on the list. Among 33 poets longlisted, the eleven from Ontario include:
- Faith Arkorfol of Toronto for Family Affair
- Manahil Bandukwala of Mississauga for To Ride an Art Horse
- Allison LaSorda of Guelph for Caribou
- Eleanor Peebles of Toronto for crux
- Erin Soros of Toronto for You Left Something
- Nayana Suchak of Toronto for Another Girl
- Franco Cortese of Thorold for Six Poems
- Ashley Hynd of Kitchener for A Song for Thunder Hills (after Terry McClintic)
- Elizabeth Page of Kenora for Apartment 402
- Sarah Tsiang of Kingston for 12
- Erin Wilson of Massey for Blue, "Orphaned Rabbits," and "The Shearing"
The winning poet will be published on CBC Books and will receive an award of $6000 courtesy of the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The four runners-up will also be published on CBC Books and will receive a cash prize of $1000 each.
Judging the prize this year are Lynn Crosby, Olive Senior and Billy-Ray Belcourt. The shortlist will be announced on November 14.
For more information, visit CBC Books.