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League of Canadian Poets reveals award shortlists

The League of Canadian Poets kicked off National Poetry Month by announcing the shortlists for its three annual awards.

The Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by an LCP member published in the preceding year. The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian, and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman. The winners, each of whom receives $1,000, will be announced at the LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in Toronto on June 7.

The shortlists are:

Raymond Souster Award

  • seldom seen road, Jenna Butler (NeWest Press)
  • Alongside, Anne Compton (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects, Catherine Graham (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • Rebel Women, Vancy Kaspar (Inanna Publications)
  • Brilliant Falls, John Terpstra (Gaspereau Press)
  • Birds, Metals, Stones & Rain, Russell Thornton (Harbour Publishing)

Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

  • the place of scraps, Jordan Abel (Talonbooks)
  • Rove, Laurie D. Graham (Hagios Press)
  • Light Light, Julie Joosten (BookThug)
  • Surge Narrows, Emilia Nielsen (Leaf Press)
  • The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild, Murray Reiss (Hagios)
  • Incarnate, Juleta Severson-Baker (Frontenac House Poetry)

Pat Lowther Memorial Award

  • The Hottest Summer in Recorded History, Elizabeth Bachinsky (Nightwood Editions)
  • Alongside, Anne Compton (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Leaving Howe Island, Sadiqa de Meijer (Oolichan Books)
  • Whirr and Click, Micheline Maylor (Frontenac House Poetry)
  • Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway, Alexandra Oliver (Biblioasis)
  • Status Update, Sarah Yi-Mei Tsiang (Oolichan)