Toronto – May 26, 2015 – The Writers’ Trust of Canada has announced Alessandra Naccarato as the winner of the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. The award spotlights Canada’s most talented developing writers, giving them much needed funding, exposure, and mentorship opportunities, and has a strong track record for discovering and promoting the brightest young writers in Canada.
Naccarato won the $5,000 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers for her poetry collection “Re-Origin of Species.” She has previously won the public vote for the 2014 CBC Poetry Prize and Event magazine’s 2014 Creative Nonfiction Award. Her writing has appeared across Canada and the United States, and she has toured nationally and internationally as a spoken word artist. She is currently completing an MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia.
The award recognizes writers who are under 35 and unpublished in book form, and alternates each year between poetry and short fiction. It is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which invests in up-and-coming artists to help build their professional careers. The award was presented at an event at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music hosted by author Tanis Rideout, who was a finalist for this prize in 2001.
A jury composed of poets Fiona Tinwei Lam, Rachel Rose, and Nilofar Shidmehr selected the winner from 136 submissions. Their full jury citation reads:
Alessandra Naccarato’s poems are visually powerful and sensually charged. Her imagery is as unexpected as it is memorable. These are poems adept at evoking the textures and sensations of place, even as they pay careful attention to sound, to the music of the line. Ranging from the sting of personal loss to navigating landscapes full of promise, Naccarato’s poetry interrogates the place where the personal meets the wild.
The winning and nominated poetry collections are available for free download on iBooks at iTunes.com/BronwenWallace.
“Alessandra Naccarato joins a stellar list of winners of an award known for identifying the upcoming stars of Canadian literature,” said Mary Osborne, Executive Director of the Writers’ Trust of Canada. “We look forward to watching her career flourish and celebrating her future successes.”
“The RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers provides unique opportunities for young writers to gain audiences, recognition, and mentoring support,” said Shari Austin, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship of RBC and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation. “We are proud to support the Writers’ Trust of Canada through this award, and want to extend our sincere congratulations to all of the finalists, and to this year’s winner Alessandra Naccarato, on such a significant achievement early in her writing career.”