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Eleven Ontario Poets Included in 2019 CBC Poetry Prize Longlist

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.