Awards

Awards

D.S. Stymeist’s The Bone Weir shortlisted for the Canadian Author’s Literary Award for Poetry

The Bone Weir cover
D.S. Stymeist’s book The Bone Weir was shortlisted for the 2017 Canadian Author’s Literary Award for Poetry.

Niche shortlisted for two Alberta Book Publishers Awards

Niche coverNiche has been shortlisted for the Alberta Book Publishers Award in both the Cover Design and Poetry categories. Congratulations, Basma Kavanagh.

Laurie MacFayden Wins Her SECOND Goldie

Laurie MacFayden has won a Golden Crown Literary Society
Award for Poetry for her book, kissing keeps us afloat.
Her first Golden Crown was awarded for her book,
White Shirt in 2011.

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) is a non-profit,
volunteer organization whose mission is education and the
promotion and recognition of lesbian literature. Their office
is in Dallas, Texas.

2015 Golden Crown Winners

The cover image is a detail from one of the author’s paintings.

Swinging and searing verses, meditative narratives, honky-tonk tunes and catalogues of favoured things (including what lovers bring — or leave behind), all merge to make Kissing Keeps Us Afloat a book for tongues and lips to sing. MacFayden knows painting and music, and she loves words and women. The result is art without limit, craft without regret, and poetry that faces trauma and embraces the erotic.  MacFayden tells us, “some days,” a poet “will swagger home with roses; / some days, she will stagger home with thorns.”  Because her heart and mind are open to hurts and salves, the poet both suffers and exults. She sets her eyes–and sights–directly on bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, beaches, forest glades, motels, streets, and all the passion plays and comedies enacted in these places.  Thus, she shows us that home is where the lover is, and home is where love is born, “hidden … in mitochondrial strands” or even in “the intimate seams of some underthings.”  MacFayden’s poetry is both red-hot and cool-blue, white lies and film noir, memory and truth. In the supposed mundane, she shows us, transcendence awaits.  ~George Elliott Clarke

Open Letter on Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Shortlist

Open Letter cover2015 Alberta Book Publishing Awards Finalists Announced!

The shortlists for the 2015 Alberta Book Publishing Awards have been decided. Jurors from across the country have deliberated on over 70 entries from 9 Alberta publishers, and have selected 24 finalists across 10 categories.

The award recipients will be announced during the Alberta Book Publishing Awards Gala on Friday, September 18, 2015 at Fort Edmonton Park.

Sheri-D Wilson has been shortlisted for The Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award for her collection:

Open Letter: Women Against Violence Against Women