9 Victoria writers make longlist for CBC Poetry Prize

Nine authors with Victoria connections created the longlist for the 2020 CBC Poetry Prize.

You are among 32 authors from across Canada who made the list. They were selected from nearly 3,000 submissions by a team of writers and editors from across Canada.

The shortlist will be announced on November 5th and the winner – selected by a three-person jury – will be announced on November 12th. The award is co-sponsored by the Canada Council for Arts and the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity

Amanda Merritt, a poet who teaches at the University of Victoria Writing Department, made the list for Let’s Not Bring The Will Into This.

Troy Sebastian | nupqu ʔak · ǂam̓ was selected for A Stack of Folded Clothes, inspired by the story of his brother Kenny, who has been missing since June 9, 1975. The Ktunaxa writer is a graduate of the University of Victoria’s Writing MFA program. There he is a session instructor and curator at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Andrea Scott, a Victoria-born writer and educator who grew up in Regina, is on Adipose Glose’s list.

Anna Moore, who grew up in Sooke and holds a BFA in creative writing from the University of Victoria, was selected for Lacuna and The Fisherman.

Hiromi Goto, longlisted for Alley / Bird / Ally, published her first novel, Chorus of Mushrooms, in 1994. Since then, she has published numerous books, including three adult fiction books, three teenage fiction books, and co-author of a poetry collection with David Bateman.

Yvonne Blomer, who served as Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria from 2015 to 2018, is on Pteropus: Fruit Bats’ list. She is the author of the travel memoir Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur, and her most recent volume of poetry is As if a Raven.

Patricia Young, on the list for The Bones, has published fourteen collections of poetry and has been twice nominated for the Governor General’s Prize for Poetry.

Sidney’s Pamela Porter is on the longlist because she sits down to write the story of the rain and suddenly the wild fall in order. Porter is the author of 14 published books – 10 volumes of poetry and four books for children and young adults, including two novels in verse.

University of Victoria MFA graduate Leah Callen of Regina, an aspiring poet, is on the list of the Tug of War (Three Poems).

In addition to a cash prize of $ 6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, the winner will receive a two-week writing residency at the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity and will be published on the CBC Books website. Four finalists will each receive $ 1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published in CBC Books.

Last year’s winner was Calgary writer Alycia Pirmohamed for her poetry collection Love Poem with Elk and Puncuation, Prairie Storm and Tasbih.

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