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Statement of support: In solidarity against hate for Asians and Asian Canadians

SOLIDARITY AGAINST HATE (July 6, 2020) Deeply disturbing hate crimes against Asians and Asian Canadians across Canada, both physical and verbal assaults, have risen sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prime Minister of Canada and provincial and municipal leaders have all clearly stated that hate, violence, xenophobia, and discrimination have no place in our country.…

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2020 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize for Canadian Youth – Winning Poems

Congratulations to the 2020 Winners of the Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Prize. The jurors were incredibly impressed with the quality of poems submitted this year, and we thank everyone who shared their poetry with us— we know the future of professional poetry in Canada is in good hands! The jurors for the 2020 Jessamy Stursberg Poetry…

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The LCP New Quebec Council Representative: Carolyne Van Der Meer

The League is happy to announce that Carolyne Van Der Meer is the new council representative for Quebec.   Why is poetry important to you? In the words of Quebec novelist and poet David Goudreault, “Poetry is just another way of saying” (“La poésie est de dire autrement”). I believe this is true—another way of…

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2020 Raymond Souster Award Winner: Unmeaningable by Roxanna Bennett

and the 2020 Raymond Souster award goes to… Unmeaningable by Roxanna Bennett (Gordon Hill Press) From the jurors: Where and how is meaning made in a body that interferes with its own lines of communication? Roxanna Bennett’s Unmeaningable is a powerful example of embodied cognition. Crafted with rigorous precision, Bennett’s poems bore into a linguistic system…

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2020 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award Winner: Float and Scurry by Heather Birrell

The 2020 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award goes to… Float and Scurry by Heather Birrell (Anvil Press/A Feed Dog Book)     From the jurors: In the rapid-fire collection Float and Scurry, Heather Birrell tackles parenting, patriarchy, personal politics and much more, often while driving the reader to laughter. So many of this book’s subjects and projects…

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2020 Pat Lowther Memorial Award Winner: How She Read by Chantal Gibson

and the 2020 Pat Lowther Memorial Award goes to… How She Read by Chantal Gibson (Caitlin Press)   From the jurors: Chantal Gibson’s How She Read creates its illuminating poetics through language, image, and a hieroglyphic that only slowly reveals its significance. From a song of praise to Black girls; to an homage to the poet’s grandfather, a…

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2020 Poetry Awards: Interview with Roxanna Bennett

Roxanna Bennett is the author of Unmeaningable (Gordon Hill Press) and the winner of the 2020 Raymond Souster Award by the League of Canadian Poets. Find out more about Roxanna’s poetry and process below:   LCP: Tell the story of how your collection came to be. RB: I began gathering and arranging material in different…

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2020 Poetry Awards Winners Announcement

The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is thrilled to announce the 2020 Poetry Awards winners for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, Pat Lowther Memorial Award, Raymond Souster Award and Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award. Congratulations to all of the poets and publishers for their fine work and many thanks to the jurors for their dedication…

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