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2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award Winner: Noor Naga – Washes, Prays (McClelland & Stewart)

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award: Noor Naga – Washes, Prays (McClelland & Stewart)! Thank…
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2021 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award Winner: Bertrand Bickersteth – The Response of Weeds (NeWest Press)

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2021 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award: Bertrand Bickersteth – The Response of Weeds (NeWest Press)!…
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2021 Raymond Souster Award Winner: Ian Williams – Word Problems (Coach House)

Congratulations to the Winner of the 2021 Raymond Souster Award: Ian Williams – Word Problems (Coach House)! Thank you to…
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2021 Book Awards: Winners!

The League of Canadian Poets is proud to present the 2021 Book Awards Winners, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award,…
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Uncharted: Sabyasachi Nag Uncovers New Territory

reviewed by Pat Connors There are certain canonical books to which I always return, as they have an almost scriptural…
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Ask a Longlister: Is there a sentence you would consider living in?

We asked the poets longlisted for the 2021 Book Awards some questions about their writing lives, inspirations and -of course…
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10 Recent Poetry Titles by Queer Poets in Canada

by Emily Schimp for National Poetry Month 2021 Coconut by Nisha Patel (April 2021, NeWest Press) Canadian National Slam Champion,…
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Ask a Shortlister: If your poetry was a room in a home, which one would it be and why?

We asked the poets shortlisted for the 2021 Book Awards some questions about their writing lives, inspirations and -of course –…
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Ask a Longlister: Who Do You Write Your Poems For?

We asked the poets longlisted for the 2021 Book Awards some questions about their writing lives, inspirations and -of course…
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Avocado by H.E. Casson

   
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Honouring Lesley Strutt

Lesley Strutt was an incredible poet, friend and supporter of emerging poets across Canada. Her recent passing has left a…
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Applauding Every Win: On Resilience by Amoya Reé

I’m running another virtual Spoken Word workshop (COVID amirite?) and one of the participants, a young, queer, BIPOC musician asks…
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5 Nature Activities to Invigorate your Writing Practice!

Now that the Spring weather is beckoning us outside again, it is a wonderful time to revisit the ways that…
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Review of Locked in Different Alphabets by Doris Fiszer

reviewed by Allan Briesmaster   Locked in Different Alphabets by Doris Fiszer (Silver Bow Press, 2020) Books of poetry that…
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Review: Wind on the Heath: new and selected poems by Naomi Beth Wakan

Wind on the Heath: new and selected poems by Naomi Beth Wakan Shanti Arts Publishing, Brunswick, Maine 2020 Softcover, 219…
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Luciana Ricciutelli: In Memoriam

Luciana Ricciutelli-Costa February 19, 1958 – December 14, 2020 There are certain people who startle you with their kindness; who…
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2019 Book Awards: Shortlist Announcement

2019 GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARD SHORTLIST  Ekke by Klara du Plessis (Palimpsest Press) | Quarry by Tanis Franco (University of Calgary Press) | Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit by Mikko Harvey (House of Anansi…
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Review: China Suite by Julie de Belle

Reviewed by Sandra Stephenson Here is a little book I read with a haiku mind.  A haiga mind, really, as…
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Review: This White Nest by Frances Boyle

Reviewed by Kim Fahner This review was originally published by Prairie Fire, Jan 28, 2020.  In the title poem of…
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Thursday’s Child: Review of The Marta Poems by Susan J. Atkinson

Reviewed by John Vardon Originally published by The New Quarterly As a poetry editor for The New Quarterly, I first…
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Review of Serve the Sorrowing World with Joy by Meg Freer and Chantel Lavoie

Reviewed by Frances Boyle   Serve the Sorrowing World With Joy by Meg Freer and Chantel Lavoie (Woodpecker Lane Press,…
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Time Will Tell: a Review of The Eleventh Hour by Carolyn Marie Souaid

Reviewed by Josh Quirion My grandmother’s got two vertical freezers so full of food, it’s her house I’m running to…
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Review of To the Men Who Write Goodbye Letters by Gianna Patriarca

Reviewed by Caroline Morgan Di Giovanni Toronto poet Gianna Patriarca’s new book, To the Men Who Write Goodbye Letters, has…
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One Poem – A Review of A Beautiful Stone: Poems and Ululations by Lynda Monahan and Rod Thompson

Reviewed by Louise Carson After reading A Beautiful Stone, and then the poem on the back cover – ‘Following the…
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Review of Parramisha by Frances Roberts Reilly

reviewed by Bob MacKenzie.   In firmly holding onto the desire to love and cherish one another we keep faith…
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Accessible, a review of The Vivian Poems: Street Photographer Vivian Maier, by Bruce Rice

Reviewed by Louise Carson. I’d seen a documentary about this woman, a Chicago nanny, born 1926, died 2009, who never…
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Spontaneous Poetry Writing Webinar

with Kate Marshall Flaherty! This event took place on January 30, 2021. Spontaneous poetry writing is the act of connecting…
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Sageing, Wider and Deeper: Penn Kemp in Conversation with Jane Munro

by Penn Kemp. The Words Festival has been one of London ON’s liveliest cultural events, presented annually since 2014. But…
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Review of DREAM FRAGMENTS by Mirabel

Reviewed by Catherine Morrison DREAM FRAGMENTS is an incredible collection of poems that bring readers into her mind, experiencing the…
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Book Review: Glass Float by Jane Munro

Reviewed by Marguerite Pigeon. In her last collection, Blue Sonoma (Brick Books, 2014), Jane Munro used dreamscapes and reportage as…
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