Winners of Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth announced

>>From the League of Canadian Poets

The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is pleased to announce the winners of the Jessamy Stursberg Poetry Contest for Canadian Youth.  The contest is named in honour of Jessamy Stursberg and “her lifelong love of poetry,” who passed away in 2008; she is the late wife of journalist and author Peter Stursberg. The contest’s categories consist of junior and senior age groups.  Winning poems and youth will be featured on the LCP Blog ( throughout the month of May. 

Senior Category

  • 1st Place: Potential by Mehrin Siddiqi (Milton, ON)
  • 2nd Place: Variations Upon a Myth by Brynn Erickson (Victoria, BC)
  • 3rd Place: Nightmares on the Morning Tide by Alexandra Nesnidalova (Victoria, BC)

Junior Category

  • 1st Place: Flip It by Ghalia Aamer (Edmonton, AB)
  • 2nd Place: How do you write poetry? by Hannah Watson (Sudbury, ON)
  • 3rd Place: Ragnarök by Jay Wieler (Winnipeg, MB)


ACP to honour Linda Cameron with President’s Award

>>From the Association of Canadian Publishers

The Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) is pleased to announce that Linda Cameron, Director of University of Alberta Press, will be presented with the ACP President’s Award this June.

A past president of ACP, Linda is recognized for her exemplary advocacy work on behalf of Alberta and Canadian publishers, and her service on numerous boards and committees across the industry. She is currently vice-chair of eBOUND Canada.

“Linda is an outstanding advocate for Canadian writers and publishers,” said ACP President Erin Creasey. “In addition to running one of Canada’s top publishing programs at the University of Alberta Press, she is one of the industry’s most dedicated volunteers. Her thoughtfulness, business acumen, and tireless efforts for Canadian books are an inspiration to many of us in the industry. The board’s decision to honour Linda was a unanimous one, and we look forward to celebrating her achievements in June.”

Awarded annually, the President’s Award recognizes a publisher who has made a significant contribution to the Canadian publishing industry and to the ACP. The award will be presented on June 11, 2015, at the ACP’s annual banquet in Toronto. The ACP is the national voice of Canada’s independent English-language book publishers. The ACP supports its 120 members in creating an economically sustainable Canadian-owned and -controlled publishing industry.

Visit for more information about the association’s programs and mandate.

April is National Poetry Month

>>From the League of Canadian Poets

The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) is pleased to announce the 17th anniversary of National Poetry Month (NPM) in Canada will take place throughout the month of April.  The official NPM theme for 2015 is Food and Poetry.  Food nourishes, grounds and connects us, much like poetry. Without food as without poetry, we go hungry. Inspired by Rachel Rose’s inaugural speech as Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, we want to investigate the ways in which “food is personal, political, sensual and powerful”.

“Everyone has something to say about food, whether it is the activist challenging the cruelties of conventional farming, the exile remembering the waft of spices on lost streets, or the child writing about the sockeye salmon she buys at Granville Island. Food is personal, political, sensual, and powerful. It concerns every one of us. It’s time to write hymns to dumplings, sonnets to community gardens, love lyrics to beekeepers, odes to the food banks that fed your family while you were sick, pantoums to the lost spices of home now that you are an exile, fierce free verse about conventional chicken farming, performance poetry about guerilla gardens, hymns to the feasts your grandmother prepared, incantations about poverty and food insecurity and bohemian rhapsodies about dumpster diving.” – Rachel Rose

The LCP is pleased to sponsor a series of Food and Poetry themed readings and events across Canada for NPM. For more information, visit us online at

 LCP Poetry Awards: Join us for the Announcement of the Shortlists On Wednesday April 1 you are invited to join us online at when we reveal the shortlists for the 2015 Gerald Lampert, Pat Lowther and Raymond Souster Memorial Awards, and the recipient of the 2015 Sheri D. Wilson “Golden Beret” Spoken Word Award.

Official NPM Blog and Hashtags: Throughout April, follow along with all the fun on the LCP’s official NPM blog at Like us on FB ( )or follow us on Twitter @CanadianPoets. Join the NPM conversation by using the hashtags #eatingpoetry & #NPM15.

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Kate Edwards to succeed Carolyn Wood as ACP Executive Director

>>From the Association of Canadian Publishers

TORONTO, ONTARIO—(March 3, 2015) —Long-time Association of Canadian Publishers Executive Director Carolyn Wood has announced her retirement, and will be leaving her position as of June 30.  She will continue to do some work with the ACP on a consulting basis. The ACP board of directors is pleased to announce that Kate Edwards, currently Associate Director, has been promoted to Executive Director, effective July 1.

According to ACP President Erin Creasey, “The ACP board has constantly been impressed (and often in awe) of Kate’s work as Program Manager and now Associate Director — from managing projects and working with diverse committees, to strategic planning and political strategizing. Kate brings thoughtfulness and enthusiasm to every project, and she has exactly the vision and energy we need to lead the ACP into the future. We are thrilled that she has accepted the ED position.”

Carolyn Wood has spent most of her working life in the book world, first as a librarian, and then in publishing, almost entirely with Canadian-owned companies. She worked in marketing and editorial, was a co- founder of Second Story Press, and ran the distribution service at University of Toronto Press for nine years. In her current role with the ACP she has been involved in the development of 49th Shelf, eBound Canada, and the National Reading Campaign, as well as ongoing advocacy on behalf of Canadian publishers.

“Over the past eight years, Carolyn has led the ACP through successes, innovations, some rocky times, and countless rewards,” said Creasey. “She has been a tireless advocate for Canadian publishing and Canadian books, and a superlative leader for the ACP. We will miss her tremendously in the ED role.”

The Association of Canadian Publishers will celebrate Carolyn Wood’s retirement at their AGM, June 10-12, in Toronto.

Author Ron Brown wins 2015 TWUC Freedom to Read Award

>>From The Writers’ Union of Canada

 Free speech advocate who founded the award becomes its 16th recipient 

Toronto – February 9, 2015 – The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is extremely pleased to announce that Ron Brown, Past Chair of TWUC, journalist, and author of 25 books, is the 2015 recipient of TWUC’s Freedom to Read Award. The award is presented annually in recognition of advocacy on behalf of free expression in Canada. Past recipients include John Ralston Saul, Patsy Aldana, and Lawrence Hill.

“Ron actually created the Freedom to Read Award 16 years ago,” noted TWUC Chair Harry Thurston, “and he’s dedicated a couple of decades to the cause of freedom of expression in Canada. I can’t think of a more deserving recipient, especially in this year when the world has seen such distressing attacks on free speech.”

Brown has served on the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee since the early 1990s, and has been integral to the planning of the annual Freedom to Read Week, a national celebration of Canadians’ freedom of expression, which this year runs from February 22 to 28. His passionate defence of free speech has included protests against the banning of books from Canadian schools and libraries and the blocked importation of books at Canadian borders.

The 2015 Freedom to Read Award will be presented to Ron Brown on February 25, at READ. WRITE. SPEAK., a special Freedom to Read Week event at Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue) in Toronto. The evening (beginning at 7:30pm, doors open at 7pm) features an on-stage discussion between media lawyer Brian MacLeod Rogers and investigative journalist and author Paula Todd.

More information about READ. WRITE. SPEAK. is available at this link.

For more information about the Freedom to Read Award, visit

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