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Review: The Other Life by Pat Connors

Reviewed by Jeevan Bhagwat In his debut poetry collection, The Other Life (Mosaic Press, 2021), Patrick Conners takes us on…
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Review: A Near Memoir: New Poems by Penn Kemp

Reviewed by Katerina Fretwell A Near Memoir: New Poems, Penn Kemp's elegant chapbook, features her father's portrait of her at…
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Review of Niagara & Government, by Phil Hall

Reviewed by Marguerite Pigeon “I have compounded another thingamajig,” exclaims Phil Hall partway through his recent collection, Niagara & Government…
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A Guide to LCP Communications for Members

Getting Involved with the League: Communications Overview We love to support our members in every way we can! Here is…
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Remembering Fraser Sutherland

Fraser was one of the first supportive people I met in the literary community many years ago. The scene was…
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Remembering Mick Burrs

Mick Burrs (Steven Michael Berzensky) 1940 -2021 For more than three decades we would run into each other at poetry…
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Remembering Heather Spears

  Heather was a fine and caring person, a wonderful poet, a light of shining energy. I'll certainly miss her…
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Many Shadows, review of In the Shadow of Vimy: Poems, New and Selected, Stewart Donovan, The Nashwaak Press, 2021

Reviewed by Louise Carson We know right away after reading the first poem of In the Shadow of Vimy that…
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League of Canadian Poets’ statement of support and call to action regarding the 215 children found buried at Kamloops Indian Residential School

The League of Canadian poets stands in mourning alongside Indigenous communities as they grieve the lives of 215 children whose bodies were found buried at the site of the…
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Review: Me, You, Then Snow by Khashayar Mohammadi

Reviewed by Kate Rogers   The poems in Khashayar Mohammadi’s new poetry collection, Me, You, Then Snow, skillfully evoke the…
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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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Review: Poisonous If Eaten Raw by Alyda Faber

Reviewed by John Vardon Ever since my mother died almost two years ago, memories of her surface into consciousness at…
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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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