Congratulations to Arleen Pare on winning the Governor General’s award for poetry with her collection – Lake of Two Mountains. Congratulations also to her publisher, Kitty Lewis and Brick Books!  #ggbooks

Writer in Residence Position–Poetry Toronto Reference Library
February – May, 2016. Remuneration: $16,000 for four-month term. Toronto Public Library invites applications from Canadian poets for the Spring 2016 Writer in Residence position. The residency is designed to encourage exchanges between the author and the community and requires 14 hours per week at the library for: public readings, workshops, evaluation of submitted manuscripts, one-on-one and/or group meetings with writers from the general public, blog development, participation in online forums, and other activities as agreed. The remaining time is available for the Writer in Residence to work on his or her own project.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada
  • Minimum of two books in print, published by a professional publishing house, at least one of which is poetry
  • Active in the writing profession; active online presence
  • Experience in teaching creative writing
  • Understanding of the needs of aspiring writers
  • Experience developing and delivering programs, workshops, readings
  • Working on or planning to work on a new project intended for book-length publication

Applications must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume, including a list of publications and completed projects, a summary of teaching experience, and detailed suggestions for workshops or programs on writing poetry
  • Sample of recent published poetry (15-20 pages)
  • Two letters of reference
  • Terms of employment based on Canada Council guidelines. Position and length of term subject to Canada Council funding.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, December 12, 2014
  • Send applications to: Writer in Residence c/o Phyllis Jacklin, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4W 2G8

Ken Babstock Wins the Inaugural Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize!
Last night at the Writers’ Trust Awards in Toronto, it was announced that Ken Babstock was the recipient of the first annual Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize. The Latner Writers’ Trust Poetry Prize is a new, annual literary award given to a mid-career poet in recognition of a remarkable body of work, and in anticipation of future contributions to Canadian poetry. Poets are judged on their body of work – no less than three published collections – rather than a single book. All Canadian poets are considered and no age restrictions apply. The winner receives $25,000.

Ken was selected by a three-member, independent judging panel consisting of Stephanie Bolster, an award-winning poet and coordinator of the creative writing program at Concordia University in Montreal; Lorna Crozier, an award-winning author of 16 books of poetry who is based in North Saanich, BC; and Fred Wah, formerly Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate and current Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary.

Ken Babstock’s most recent collection is the highly anticipated On Malice (Coach House Books, October 2014), a bad mist, a digitized weather front trying to watch the surveillance from inside it, and to sit vigil at our convalescence as an alien witness. Ken’s previous collections include Methodist Hatchet (Anansi, 2011), which won the Griffin Prize for Excellence in Poetry and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award, Mean (1999), winner of the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Milton Acorn People’s Poet Award, Days into Flatspin (2001), winner of a K. M. Hunter Award and finalist for the Winterset Prize, and Airstream Land Yacht (2006), finalist for the Griffin Prize for Poetry, the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Winterset Prize, and winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. His poems have been translated into Dutch, German, Serbo-Croatian, Czech and French, and he has appeared at festivals in Rotterdam, Brisbane, Sarajevo, New York and Brno. He was awarded a year-long international artist residency in Berlin by the DAAD. Ken was born in Newfoundland and is currently the Writer in Residence at the University of British Columbia. He returns to his Toronto home in January 2015.

Founded in 1972 by Albert and the late Temmy Latner, the Latner Family Foundation has been providing support to health care, education, social development, and the arts in the Greater Toronto Area.

The Writers’ Trust of Canada is a charitable organization that seeks to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing through a portfolio of programs, including literary awards, financial grants, scholarships, and a writers’ retreat. Writers’ Trust programming is designed to champion excellence in Canadian writing, to improve the status of writers, and to create connections between writers and readers. Canada’s writers receive more financial support from the Writers’ Trust than from any other non-governmental organization or foundation in the country.

Tucked away on Toronto’s bpNichol Lane, Coach House Books has been printing & publishing innovative poetry, fiction, drama & nonfiction since 1965. Visit www.chbooks.com to learn more about the press and its titles.

Meet the Presses Announces bpNichol Chapbook Award shortlist and Doubling of Award Purse
Meet The Presses announced today that, beginning this year, the prize purse of the bpNichol Chapbook Award will double from $2,000 to $4,000, thanks to the generosity of its Anonymous Donor. Meet the Presses is a volunteer collective that organizes public events showcasing books and chapbooks, magazines, recordings and broadsides produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction,

This year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award shortlist consists of six poetry titles:

  • Government: Jason Christie (above/ground)
  • Life Savings: Mat Laporte (Odourless)
  • pleasantries and other misdemeanours: Christine McNair (Apt. 9)
  • a fist made and then unmade: matt robinson (Gaspereau)
  • Oilywood: Christine Leclerc (Nomados)
  • X: Phil Hall (Thee Hellbox)

The winner of this year’s bpNichol Chapbook Award will be announced at Meet the Presses’ fifth Indie Literary Market, on Saturday November 22, at the Tranzac Club in Toronto. The Market is an invitational event focused exclusively on things literary. It provides an opportunity for the public to meet independent literary publishers and purchase publications that may not be readily available (or available at all) in bookstores and other commercial outlets. The collective came together in the spirit of the original Meet the Presses events begun 29 years ago in Toronto by Stuart Ross and Nick Power.

The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry published in chapbook form. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. This year’s judges are Kevin McPherson Eckhoff and Sandra Ridley. The author now receives $4,000 and, thanks to the largesse of writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective. For more information, write meetthepresses@gmail.com or phone 709.738.6702.

Meet the Presses: Gary Barwin, Paul Dutton, Ally Fleming, Beth Follett, Hazel Millar, Leigh Nash, Nicholas Power, Stuart Ross, Eric Schmaltz and Jess Taylor. [Founding Members Emeritus: Maria Erskine, Maggie Helwig]

2015 Griffin Poetry Prize Deadline Reminder
This is a reminder that the deadline for the $200,000 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize is December 31, 2014. Books must be submitted postmarked no later than December 31, 2014 for books published between January 1st and December 31st, 2014. Please remember to complete all necessary customs/duties paperwork when shipping your entries. If you have any questions regarding the rules, or would like to download an entry form, please visit our Web site, at: www.griffinpoetryprize.com.