2021 Book Awards: Longlists

The League of Canadian Poets is thrilled to announce the 2021 Book Awards longlists for the Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award.

 

2021 GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARD LONGLIST

Awarded annually since 1981, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized author tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes a first book of poetry published by a Canadian writer in the preceding year. The award carries a $2000 prize and is sponsored by the LCP.

Bertrand BickerstethThe Response of Weeds (NeWest Press, 2020)

Cicely Belle BlainBurning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020)

Jillian Christmas the gospel of breaking (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020)

Joel Robert FergusonThe Lost Cafeteria (Signature Editions, 2020)

Kama La MackerelZOM-FAM (Metonymy Press, 2020)

Valerie Mason-JohnI Am Still Your Negro (University of Alberta Press, 2020)

Noor NagaWashes, Prays (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)

Bahar OrangWhere Things Touch (Book*hug Press, 2020)

Tyler PennockBones (Brick Books, 2020)

Natasha RamoutarBittersweet (Mawenzi House, 2020)

Tamar RubinTablet Fragments (Signature Editions, 2020)

Yusuf SaadiPluviophile (Nightwood Editions, 2020)

Thanks to the jurors for the 2021 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award: DA Lockhart, Nisha Patel and Phoebe Wang

 


2021 PAT LOWTHER MEMORIAL AWARD LONGLIST

Open to Canadian women, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award has been awarded annually since 1981 for a book of poetry published in the preceding year. This prize is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The award carries a $2000 prize, and is sponsored by the LCP.

Cicely Belle BlainBurning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020)

Jody ChanSick (Black Lawrence Press, 2020)

Jillian Christmasthe gospel of breaking (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020)

Afua CooperBlack Matters (Roseway Publishing, 2020)

Sadiqa de MeijerThe Outer Wards (Véhicule Press/Signal Poetry, 2020)

Jennifer HoseinA Map of Rain Days (Guernica Editions, 2020)

Kyla JamiesonBody Count (Nightwood Editions, 2020)

shalan joudryWaking Ground (Gaspereau Press, 2020)

Evelyn LauPineapple Express (Anvil Press, 2020)

Canisia LubrinThe Dyzgraphxst (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)

Noor Naga – Washes, Prays (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)

Pearl Piriefootlights (Radiant Press, 2020)

Thanks to the jurors for the 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award: Puneet Dutt, Doyali Islam and Cassidy McFadzean

 


2021 RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD LONGLIST

The Raymond Souster Award was started in 2013 to honour Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award is presented annually for a book of poetry by a League member published in the preceding year. The award carries a $2000 prize, and is sponsored by the LCP.

Sadiqa de MeijerThe Outer Wards (Véhicule Press/Signal Poetry, 2020)

Klara du PlessisHell Light Flesh (Palimpsest Press, 2020)

Phil HallNiagara & Government (Pedlar Press, 2020)

Jessie JonesThe Fool (Goose Lane Editions, 2020)

Canisia LubrinThe Dyzgraphxst (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)

Jessica Moore The Whole Singing Ocean (Nightwood Editions, 2020)

Tyler PennockBones (Brick Books, 2020)

Michael PriorBurning Province (McClelland & Stewart, 2020)

Meredith QuartermainLullabies in the Real World (NeWest Press, 2020)

Lisa RichterNautilus and Bone (Frontenac House, 2020)

John Elizabeth StintziJunebat (House of Anansi Press, 2020)

Ian WilliamsWord Problems (Coach House Books, 2020)

Thanks to the jurors for the 2021 Raymond Souster Award: Cheryl Antao-Xavier, Jacob MacArthur Mooney and David Martin

 

 

The shortlists for the 2021 Book Awards will be announced on April 15, 2021. Stay tuned!