April 16, 2020
Poets in Profile: Conyer Clayton on John Berryman, Seeing the Big Picture, and Finding Acceptance
Originally from Kentucky, poet, multi-disciplinary artist, and gymnastics coach Conyer Clayton is a freshly-minted Canadian citizen who now calls Ottawa home. Her debut full-length collection, We Shed ...
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 01, 2019
Kicking Off National Poetry Month with the League of Canadian Poets Book Awards Longlists!
It's officially National Poetry Month and we're getting into the groove of all things poetic for the next month, from our terrific new WIR, the E.J. Pratt Medal-winning poet Edward Carson, to diving into ...
March 29, 2019
Edward Carson, Our Poetry Month 2019 writer-in-residence, Talks about the Power of Titles
April is National Poetry Month and we are so excited to celebrate all things poetry here at Open Book. And of course part of that celebration means finding a fantastic poet to come on board as our April ...
April 13, 2018
"I Write to Make Sense of Worries" David James Brock on Finding the Calm in Poetry
Poet, librettist, and playwright David James Brock's second collection Ten-Headed Alien (Wolsak & Wynn), is making an impact as big and bold as its title. Poet Linda Besner called it "a sophisticated ...
April 11, 2018
2018 Griffin Poetry Prize Shortlists Announced
This week, Scott Griffin, on behalf of the trustees of The Griffin Trust For Excellence In Poetry, announced both the International and Canadian shortlists for this year’s Griffin Prize. Judges Sarah ...
April 10, 2018
Lenea Grace on Proving Canada Exists in Her Debut Poetry Collection
Lenea Grace's debut collection of poetry A Generous Latitude (ECW Press) leans into Canadiana by mining one of our traditional natural resources: wry wit. Her poems are smart and tight and their humour ...
April 09, 2018
Contest! Enter to Win an Incredible Poetry Month Prize Pack from Wolsak & Wynn!
Hamilton-based Wolsak & Wynn is publishing some of the most exciting and innovative poetry in Canada today, and we are very excited to say that they're offering an absolutely awesome prize pack of ...
April 04, 2018
National Poetry Month Turns 20 & Canadian Poets Share Their Favourite Poems of the Last 20 Years
This year marks 20 years of Canada celebrating National Poetry Month in April. That's 20 years of readings, prizes, new collections, and a month long chance to fall in love with poetry all over again, ...
April 03, 2018
Degan Davis' Debut Poetry Collection Examines Masculinity & Identity, Asking "What Kind of Man Are You?"
What does it mean to be a man? It's not - anymore, thank goodness - a simple question. Tackling the complexities of how to be a good man today is no small task for anyone, but Degan Davis set himself ...