May 15, 2019
Ontario Creates' Trillium Book Awards List Announced, including Nominations for Brand, Dey, & Toews
The Trillium Book Award shortlists are being greeted with cheers in the CanLit community this year, with a mix of book lovers' favourites and exciting new voices. Administered by Ontario Creates (formerly ...
April 30, 2019
Writers' Trust Announces Shortlist for $10,000 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award
Today the Writers' Trust of Canada announced the three finalists for their award dedicated to celebrating emerging writers, The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award. The prize alternates each year between short ...
April 26, 2019
Poet Ayaz Pirani on Oral Tradition, Literary Gatekeepers, and Writing Faithful Lines
Ayaz Pirani's work has been praised as "wise... surprising [and] sly" and his newest collection, Kabir’s Jacket Has a Thousand Pockets (Mawenzi House), builds on his characteristic insightful, elegant ...
April 24, 2019
Ben Ladouceur on Finding His Title Through Art and Tomatoes, Alice Munro, & the Allure of a Bossy Title
Ben Ladouceur, author of the acclaimed poetry collection Otter (and former Open Book columnist!) returns this spring with a characteristically smart, witty, emotionally sophisticated collection, Mad ...
April 23, 2019
League of Canadian Poets Announces Shortlists for 2019 Poetry Book Awards
Poetry Month is winding down, but it's far from over! Today the League of Canadian Poets announced the shortlists for their prestigious poetry awards: the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther ...
April 18, 2019
Brenda Leifso on the "Wonderful Odd Ordinariness" of Poetry & an Act of Kindness that Led Her to Writing
Brenda Leifso's lush new poetry collection Wild Madder (Brick Books) delves into the strange, long process of finding one's way. Leifso is unafraid to let the rawness of disorientation, loss of identity, ...
April 17, 2019
Read Three Powerful Poems from Treaty# by Armand Garnet Ruffo
What does the word treaty mean? Deceptively simple, it's a word with great weight and Armand Garnet Ruffo spreads the word and its meaning open in his powerful new poetry collection Treaty# (Wolsak ...
April 15, 2019
"When I Write Poetry, I Feel Limitless and Free" Hasan Namir, author of War / Torn, on Process & Poetry
Hasan Namir's debut collection, War / Torn (Book*hug), is one of the most anticipated books of poetry being released this season for good reason; Namir's lucid, visceral examination of masculinity and ...
April 09, 2019
Griffin Prize 2019 Shortlists Announced!
This morning, the Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry announced the 2019 shortlists for the Griffin Prize in Poetry, both Canadian and International. Judges Ulrikka Gernes (Denmark), Srikanth Reddy ...
April 02, 2019
Poetry Au Naturel: Poets Tell us About Their Nature-Themed Favourites for National Poetry Month
The theme for National Poetry Month 2019 is "celebrate nature with poetry". While nature poetry might have a reputation as sleepy and traditional, great writers have often mined the natural world for ...