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Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther shortlists revealed

Shortlists for the annual Gerald Lampert and the Pat Lowther Memorial awards were announced last night at a League of Canadian Poets’ event in Toronto.

Calgary poet Rosemary Griebel’s first book, Yes. (Frontenac House), is nominated for both the Lampert Award, which recognizes the best debut poetry collection published by a Canadian, and the Lowther Award, presented to a book of poetry published by a Canadian woman.

The Gerald Lampert Award shortlisted books are:

  • True, Kirsty Elliot (Leaf Press)
  • Yes., Rosemary Griebel (Frontenac House)
  • Paramita, Little Black, Suzanne Robertson (Guernica Editions)
  • Do Not Call Me By My Name, Lisa Shatzky (Black Moss Press)
  • Sweet Devilry, Yi-Mei Tsiang (Oolichan Books)
  • Gulf, Leslie Vryenhoek (Oolichan)

The jury for the Lampert Award is Ronnie R. Brown, Dennis Cooley, and Wendy Morton.

The Pat Lowther Award shortlisted books are:

  • A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth, Stephanie Bolster (Brick Books)
  • Small Mechanics, Lorna Crozier (McClelland & Stewart)
  • outskirts, Sue Goyette (Brick)
  • Yes., Rosemary Griebel (Frontenac House)
  • Groundwork, Amanda Jernigan (Biblioasis)
  • Forge, Jan Zwicky (Gaspereau Press)

The jury for the Lowther Award is Katherine Bitney, Sarah Klassen, and Nela Rio.

Winners of both awards, worth $1,000 each, will be announced June 16 at the LCP Poetry Fest and Conference, held in Saskatoon.

Rosemary Griebel reading at the Calgary Spoken Word Festival in March 2011.