Spoken Word Award Call for Nominations
Deadline: January 15, 2014
The League of Canadian Poets and Calgary Spoken Word Festival are thrilled to present the 8th annual Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award.
The recipient will be announced in April as part of National Poetry Month and the Calgary Spoken Word Festival! The award will be presented at the League of Canadian Poets’ annual LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in June. The recipient will receive a prize of $1000.
This $1000.00 annual award was created by Sheri-D Wilson—a pioneer of spoken word poetry in Canada—to honour a Canadian spoken word artist who has made a substantial contribution to the development of spoken word, through the originality and excellence of his or her own writing/performance works, and through involvement in—and contributions to—the expansion of the spoken word community. The Golden Beret Award was first presented at the Calgary Spoken Word Festival in 2007.
NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY! Submit a One Page Letter by snail-mail to The League of Canadian Poets, Attn: Golden Beret Award, 192 Spadina Ave., Suite 312, Toronto, ON M5T 2C2 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, Subject: Golden Beret Award by January 15, 2014.
The selection committee will evaluate candidates based on the following qualities:
- Originality of creative process,
- Mastery of the genre,
- Innovation and quality of writing,
- Use of new technologies,
- Contribution to community,
- Openness and Inclusiveness of diverse voices.
This year’s jury is: Tanya Evanson, Ian Ferrier & Sheri-D Wilson.
2013 - Tanya Evanson (Vancouver, BC)
2012 – Kirk Miles (Calgary, AB)
011 – Ian Ferrier (Montréal, QC)
2010 – Wendy Morton (Victoria,BC)
2009 – Lillian Allen (Toronto, ON)
2008 – Sarah Murphy (Calgary, AB)
2007 – Murdoch Burnett (Comox, BC)
For more information visit www.poets.ca or call 416-504-1657.
Nanaimo’s First Poet Laureate
At Nanaimo City Council Committee of the Whole meeting held Monday, October 21st Council approved Naomi Beth Wakan as Nanaimo’s first Poet Laureate. When informed of the Council appointment Naomi commented, “I am very honoured to have received this designation. As inaugural Poet Laureate, I think my support team and I will come up with some fresh and exciting ideas for bringing poetry to a little more centre stage in Nanaimo.”
The purpose of a Poet Laureate for Nanaimo is to serve as a “people’s poet” and to raise awareness of poetry and the literary arts and the positive impact literature and poetry can have on community life. Naomi was selected for the position based on a set of criteria and an established process for a three-year term. It is an honorary position pays the poet $1,000 per year for expenses.
Wakan is a prolific writer, has published extensively, and is a respected member of the local literary community. She has a range of concrete ideas to bring to the role of Poet Laureate and a demonstrated ability to deliver. Some of her ideas include monthly meetings with groups, annual workshops, the publication of an anthology of work by local poets, and participation in important civic events and festivals to read her work and the work of other poets.