As poetry editor for Insomniac Press, I'm very pleased at how the year is shaping up so far. Two of our poets have recently been nominated for two very wonderful awards. First came the news that Olive Senior is a finalist for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award for her collection Shell. The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year, and is in memory of the late Pat Lowther, whose career was cut short by her untimely death in 1975. The award carries a $1,000 prize. It is presented each year at the League's Annual General Meeting in May or June, with the shortlist announced in April. Congratulations to Olive. Click here for the official announcement.
And just this morning it was announced that David McFadden has been selected to the shortlist for this year's Griffin Poetry Prize for his book Why Are You So Sad? Selected Poems of David McFadden. The winners, who each receive C$50,000, will be announced on Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at the eighth annual Griffin Poetry Prize Awards Evening. I was lucky to work with David on this book, and also with Stuart Ross, who did the bulk of actual selecting and editing and who also wrote the introduction. Congratulations to David, and to Stuart, too. They both worked hard to make this book a success. Click here for the official announcement.