Editors Canada appoints Michelle Ou as Interim Executive Director

>>From Editors Canada

Toronto, July 28, 2016—The Editors’ Association of Canada (Editors Canada) is pleased to announce the appointment of communications manager Michelle Ou as interim executive director of the association through November 1. The appointment follows the resignation of executive director Patrick Banville effective August 12.

“We are sad to see Patrick go, but are grateful to have had him as executive director for the past 14 months,” said Editors Canada president Anne Louise Mahoney.

“Michelle is a trusted advisor to our national committees and to the national executive council. We are thrilled that she will take on this additional role, ensuring continuity and stability in the office as we begin the search for a new executive director for the association.”

Ou is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Victoria University, with a degree in English Literature. She is a communications professional with a background in copywriting, editing, web development and marketing in finance, health, sports, music and publishing. She has served as the Editors Canada communications manager since 2009, participating in and overseeing numerous projects and campaigns.

The national executive council is currently planning for and will soon begin the search for a permanent executive director.

Periodical Marketers of Canada Announce Winner of PMC Aboriginal Literature Award

Periodical Marketers of Canada news release announcing the winner of this year’s PMC Aboriginal Literature Award.  This is the third year PMC have sponsored this award.  The 2016/17 award went to Michael Arnott for his charming illustrations in the children’s book Spirit Bear (written by Jennifer Harrington and published by Eco Books for Kids).  The presentation was made during the Toronto celebration of National Aboriginal Day.


Announcing the Winners of the League of Canadian Poets 2016 Poetry Awards

Crozier, Ladouceur and Weslowski Announced as Winners of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award,
the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Raymond Souster Award,
and the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award, as LCP Kicks off 50th Anniversary Celebrations

>> From the League of Canadian Poets

Toronto, Monday, June 20, 2016: On Saturday, June 18, The League of Canadian Poets (LCP) revealed the 2016 winners of the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Raymond Souster Award, and the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award, at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Three additional recipients were also awarded prizes for the Honorary Membership Award, the Life Membership Award, and the Colleen Thibaudeau Outstanding Contribution Award. The awards ceremony and luncheon, which took place during the inaugural Canadian Writers’ Summit, also marked the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the League of Canadian Poets.


Congratulations to Lorna Crozier, winner of both the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Raymond Souster Award, to Ben Ladouceur, winner of our Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and to Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award winner RC Weslowski!



Awarded annually since 1981, the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized author tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes a first book of poetry published by a Canadian writer in the preceding year. The award carries a $1000 prize and is sponsored by the LCP.


2016 Shortlist:

Rue by Melissa Bull (Anvil Press)

Laws & Locks by Chad Campbell (Véhicule Press)

Transmitter and Receiver by Raoul Fernandes (Nightwood Editions)

Otter by Ben Ladouceur (Coach House Books)

Hacker Packer by Cassidy McFadzean (McClelland & Stewart)

Mockingbird by Derek Webster (Véhicule Press)


Winner: Otter by Ben Ladouceur (Coach House Books)

2016 Jurors: Jim Johnstone, Micheline Maylor, Dwayne Morgan


Jurors’ Comments:
Otter’s relevant and finely honed skill shows exceptional attention and craft. His voice is edgy with honesty and originality. Elegies for things lost and weighted infuse the book with a tone of sorrowful yearning. Friends, lovers, and family are portraited with linguistic and syntactical care, such as in “I Am In Love With Your Brother,” or “Armadillo.” Ladoucer’s gritty perspective allows access to the world of a gay man, his loves, lusts, and fears laid bare with raw clarity and unabashed eroticism. This sort of bravery is rarely found in a first collection.



Open to Canadian women, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award has been awarded annually since 1981 for a book of poetry published in the preceding year. This prize is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The award carries a $1000 prize is sponsored by the LCP.


2016 Shortlist:


The Wrong Cat by Lorna Crozier (McClelland & Stewart)

calling down the sky by Rosanna Deerchild (Bookland Press)

Terra Incognita by Adebe DeRango-Adem (INNANA Publications and Education Inc.)

The Poison Colour by Maureen Hynes (Pedlar Press)

Marry & Burn by Rachel Rose (Harbour Publishing)

Trio by Sarah Tolmie (McGill-Queen’s University Press)


Winner: The Wrong Cat by Lorna Crozier (McClelland & Stewart)

2016 Jurors: Judith Neale, Vanessa Shields, Joan Shillington
Jurors’ Comments:
The Wrong Cat is a book deeply nuanced in its exploration of the human condition. It encompasses the political and the sensual as it is layered with vivid imagery and powerful metaphor that moves between the animal, human and spiritual world with a gentle ferocity. Crozier’s poetry is rooted in the intimate that pulls the heart into each line and holds it there. It is fresh and insightful too, not easily done for a writer who has given us such an abundance of extraordinary poems in her long and laudable career. A career that offers both a guide to writing poetry that holds the world together and how to hold the self together as the world unravels.


Open only to League members, the Raymond Souster Award was started in 2013 to honour Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award is presented annually for a book of poetry published in the preceding year. The award carries a $1000 prize and is sponsored by the LCP.


2016 Shortlist:


The Wrong Cat by Lorna Crozier (McClelland & Stewart)

The Pemmican Eaters by Marilyn Dumont (ECW Press)

The Poison Colour by Maureen Hynes (Pedlar Press)

Standard Candles by Alice Major (University of Alberta Press)

The Arrow of Time by Bruce Meyer (Ronsdale Press)

The Thunderbird Poems by Armand Ruffo (Harbour Publishing)


Winner: The Wrong Cat by Lorna Crozier (McClelland & Stewart)

2016 Jurors: Jenna Butler, Wendy Morton, Charles Mountford
Jurors’ Comments:
These are superbly realized lyrical poems. They are sophisticated and technically graceful. The book is “sly, sexy, irreverent and sad” with, always, a serious river of emotion running beneath it.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the Golden Beret Award was created by Sheri-D Wilson—a pioneer of spoken word poetry in Canada—to honour a Canadian spoken word artist who has made a substantial contribution to the development of spoken word, through the originality and excellence of his or her own writing/performance works, and through involvement in—and contributions to—the expansion of the spoken word community. The award was first presented at the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival in 2007 and carries a $1000 prize.


The League of Canadian Poets, in partnership with the Calgary Spoken Word Society, were pleased to welcome and honour RC Weslowski, of Vancouver, BC, as the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award, for his influence and impact on spoken word in Canada. He is a multi- talented performer who loves to walk between worlds to see what the ghost dragged in. RC wears many masks including poet, clown, storyteller, playwright, broadcaster, voice actor, coach and educator. Over the past 15 years he has toured North America, the United Kingdom and parts of Europe including many spoken word, poetry and music festivals.


2016 Jurors: Penn Kemp, Ian Ferrier and Sheri-D Wilson



The League of Canadian Poets also presented three awards for significant contribution to poetry in Canada: the Honorary Membership Award, the Life Membership Award, and the Colleen Thibaudeau Outstanding Contribution Award. The LCP is pleased to welcome Ben McNally, of the beloved Toronto bookstore Ben McNally Books, to the League as an honorary member thanks to his ongoing support of poetry and literature, and thrilled to grant Armand Garnet Ruffo life membership for his contributions to Canadian poetry. Penn Kemp presented Bruce Rice with the Colleen Thibaudau Award, honoring and thanking him for his efforts in establishing the now-annual Poetry City Challenge, which reaches Mayors and councils in communities large and small across Canada.

2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of The League of Canadian Poets! To celebrate this momentous milestone, stories from League members will be featured on our blog and in our monthly newsletters throughout the year. Do you have a League story to tell? We’d love to hear your funny anecdote from an AGM, a tale of a memorable reading, or a poignant piece about a particularly important moment in your writing life. Send your submissions to [email protected]. Visit poets.ca/LCP50 for more information.



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Founded in 1966 to nurture the advancement of poetry in Canada, the LCP is the professional organization for Canadian poets. Through community engagement, educational partnerships, and event organization, the League creates professional and creative networking opportunities for writers and arts professionals across Canada. It administers annual awards, programs and funds for governments and private donors, as well as produces poetry and non-fiction publications to encourage an appreciative readership and audience for poetry. The League strives to promote equal opportunities for poets from every literary tradition and cultural and demographic background. For more information visit http://poets.ca/.


The Calgary Spoken Word Society is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to showcase local, national & international artists; to present culturally diverse works; to offer innovative and progressive approaches to literacy; and to give voice to under-represented communities.


CAA Lit Awards Winners Revealed

CAA Lit Awards Winners Revealed

>> From the Canadian Authors Association

June 18, 2016 – The Canadian Authors Association today announced the winners of its 2016 Literary Awards during a lunch event held at the Canadian Writers’ Summit in Toronto, Ontario.


The 2015 Canadian Authors Literary Awards winners are as follows:


CAA Award for Fiction

  • Nino Ricci, Toronto, Ontario, for Sleep (Doubleday Canada)


CAA Award for Canadian History

  • Debra Komer, Collingwood, Ontario, for The Bastard of Fort Stikine: The Hudson’s Bay Company and the Murder of John McLoughlin Jr.  (Goose Lane Editions)


CAA Award for Poetry

  • Joe Denham, Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, for Regeneration Machine (Nightwood Editions)


CAA Emerging Writer Award

  • Kayla Czaga, Vancouver, British Columbia, nominated by Nightwood Editions


Canadian Authors Fred Kerner Award

  • Caroline Vu, Montreal, Quebec, for Palawan Story (Deux Voiliers Publishing)


Introduced in 1975, the CAA Literary Awards honour Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal – a tradition originally begun in 1937 with the creation of the Governor General’s medals for literature (now overseen by the Canada Council of the Arts). The competition is open to all writers who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. This event marks the second time the awards have been held during the Leacock Summer Festival.


Founded by Stephen Leacock and several other prominent Canadian writers in 1921, the Canadian Authors Association has continued to maintain a focus on “writers helping writers” since its inception.

Winners Announced for the 2015 Danuta Gleed Literary Award


>> From the Writers’ Union of Canada 

TORONTO – The Writers’ Union of Canada announced this evening that Heather O’Neill is the recipient of the $10,000 first prize in the 19th annual Danuta Gleed Literary Award, recognizing the best first collection of short fiction by a Canadian author published in 2015 in the English language.

Of Heather O’Neill’s book Daydreams of Angels (published by HarperCollins Canada), jury members Shauna Singh Baldwin, Barry Dempster and Dora Dueck said: “Gypsies, cherubs, androids, wolf boys and the Marquis de Sade are just a few of the characters who populate Heather O’Neill’s Daydreams of Angels, a fanciful, fantastical collection of post-modern fairy tales. Despite the sweetness at the core of almost every story, the book is filled with dark, often sticky, surprises. You’re guaranteed to come away from an O’Neill story both delighted and disturbed; she can go from the heights of glee to devilish anxiety in the space of a paragraph. Hers is a world of great imaginative alchemy. Whether she’s writing about shipwrecks, babies washed up on the beach or Rudolf Nureyev clones, she’s dead serious about her shape-shifting themes, fearless in the face of the wild and the absurd.”

Heather O’Neill is the author of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night, which was a finalist for the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Her first novel, Lullabies for Little Criminals, won CBC Canada Reads and the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction. It was also a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and the Orange Prize. She was born in Montreal, where she currently lives.

Runners-up Andrew Forbes and Kevin Hardcastle will each receive $500.

Of Andrew Forbes’ What You Need (published by Invisible Publishing) the jury said: “Andrew Forbes’ stories in What You Need are plainly spoken, his characters ending up in bar fights, playing high school sports and building thermonuclear devices in their garages. He has a gift for balancing good old-fashioned narratives with surprising implosions of fate. Voice and details are his strong point. Whether they’re digging up a dead friend or puzzling over their daughter’s ability to walk through walls, his characters are easy to relate to, they are true to themselves and they engage the reader, who can’t wait to turn the page. What You Need is insightful and intelligent, sharp and deep as bone.”

Of Kevin Hardcastle’s Debris (published by Biblioasis) the jury said: “Debris is a spare and shadow-drenched book, the sentences well-wrought, the voice never less than distinctive. His characters include a cage fighter being tracked down by the Hell’s Angels, a night clerk at a seedy hotel who makes moonshine whisky and a gas contract salesman wearing out his shoes in a number of Alberta towns. These are tough-talking men who advertise their misery like a kind of nakedness. Strangely, the result of all this suffering and violence is a beauty that at times takes your breath away.”

The short list of five books was announced on May 10, 2016 and also included Gerard Beirne’s In a Time of Drought and Hunger (published by Oberon Press) and Hugh Graham’s Last Words (published by Exile Editions).

The Danuta Gleed Literary Award was created as a celebration of the life of Danuta Gleed, a writer whose short fiction won several awards before her death in December 1996. Danuta Gleed’s first collection of short fiction, One of the Chosen, was posthumously published by BuschekBooks.  The award is made possible through a generous donation from John Gleed, in memory of his late wife, and is administered by The Writers’ Union of Canada.

The Writers’ Union of Canada is our country’s national organization representing professional authors of books.  Founded in 1973, the Union is dedicated to fostering writing in Canada and promoting the rights, freedoms and economic well-being of all writers. 

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