The League of Canadian Poets Announces the 2019 Book Awards Longlists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 1, 2019

The League of Canadian Poets Announces the 2019 Book Awards Longlists

Monday, April 1, 2019, Toronto, ON: To officially launch the 21st annual National Poetry Month in Canada, The League of Canadian Poets is thrilled to announce the 2019 Book Awards Longlists, including the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and the Raymond Souster Award.

“We’re very excited to share longlists for each of our Book Awards again this year,” says Lesley Fletcher, Executive Director of the League of Canadian Poets. “We receive so many incredible submissions each year and our longlists give us the opportunity to share more outstanding poetry with our community.”

Congratulations to all of the nominated poets and their publishers. Many thanks to the jurors for their dedication to this year’s awards. The shortlists for all categories will be revealed on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019. Winners, including that of the 2019 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Spoken Word, will be announced at the annual Awards Ceremony, taking place in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on June 8, 2019. Visit poets.ca/awards for complete information.

Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given in the memory of Gerald Lampert, an arts administrator who organized authors’ tours and took a particular interest in the work of new writers. The award recognizes a debut book of poetry published by a Canadian. The award carries a $2,000 prize and is sponsored by the LCP.

2019 Gerald Lampert Memorial Longlist:

•    Ritual Lights by Joelle Barron (Goose Lane Editions)
•    Short Histories of Light by Aidan Chafe (McGill – Queen’s University Press)
•    Ekke by Klara du Plessis (Palimpsest Press)
•    Quarry by Tanis Franco (University of Calgary Press)
•    Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit by Mikko Harvey (House of Anansi Press)
•    Dividing the Wayside by Jenny Haysom (Palimpsest Press)
•    Obits. by Tess Liem (Coach House Books)
•    No Meeting Without Body by Annick MacAskill (Gaspereau Press)
•    We Like Feelings. We Are Serious. by Julie McIsaac (Wolsak & Wynn)
•    Port of Being by Shazia Hafiz Ramji (Invisible Publishing)
•    East and West by Laura Ritland (Véhicule Press)
•    Night Became Years by Jason Stefanik (Coach House Books)

2019 Jury: Adebe DeRango-Adem, Amanda Earl, Jacob McArthur Mooney

Pat Lowther Memorial Award

The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman, and is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The award carries a $2,000 prize and is sponsored by the LCP.

2019 Pat Lowther Memorial Award Longlist:

•    Holy Wild by Gwen Benaway (Book*hug)
•    The Blue Clerk by Dionne Brand (McClelland & Stewart)
•    Mrs Romanov by Lori Cayer (The Porcupine’s Quill)
•    Listen Before Transmit by Dani Couture (Wolsak & Wynn)
•    Ekke by Klara du Plessis (Palimpsest Press)
•    I left nothing inside on purpose by Stevie Howell (McClelland & Stewart)
•    Obits. by Tess Liem (Coach House Books)
•    Body Work by Emilia Nielsen (Signature Editions)
•    Port of Being by Shazia Hafiz Ramji (Invisible Publishing)
•    East and West by Laura Ritland (Véhicule Press)
•    Reunion by Deanna Young (Brick Books)
•    The Missing Field by Jennifer Zilm (Guernica Editions)

2019 Jury: Robert Colman, Brenda Leifso, Shane Neilson

Raymond Souster Award

The Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by a League of Canadian Poets member. The award honours Raymond Souster, an early founder of the League of Canadian Poets. The award carries a $2,000 prize and is sponsored by the LCP.

2019 Raymond Souster Award Longlist:

•    Correspondent by Dominique Bernier-Cormier (Goose Lane Editions)
•    How to Avoid Huge Ships by Julie Bruck (Brick Books)
•    Mrs Romanov by Lori Cayer (The Porcupine’s Quill)
•    God of Shadows by Lorna Crozier (McClelland & Stewart)
•    Anatomic by Adam Dickinson (Coach House Books)
•    Trauma Head by Elee Kraljii Gardiner (Anvil Press)
•    No Line in Time by Sonja Ruth Greckol (Tightrope Books)
•    I left nothing inside on purpose by Stevie Howell (McClelland & Stewart)
•    Welcome to the Anthropocene by Alice Major (University of Alberta Press)
•    Tar Swan by David Martin (NeWest Press)
•    Rooster, Dog, Crow by Jim Nason (Frontenac House)
•    Ledi by Kim Trainor (Book*hug)

2019 Jury: Kathy Mac, Maurice Mierau, Concetta Principe

About the League of Canadian Poets

Established in 1966, the League of Canadian Poets is a national non-profit organization dedicated to supporting, engaging, and promoting poets and poetry in Canada. For more information, visit Poets.ca.

About National Poetry Month

Established in April 1998 by the League of  Canadian Poets, National Poetry Month brings together schools, publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, and poets from across the country to celebrate poetry and its vital place in Canada’s culture. Visit poets.ca/npm to see how the League is celebrating.

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