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Anne Compton, Alexandra Oliver, Murray Reiss win League of Canadian Poets awards

League of Canadian poetsThe League of Canadian Poets has announced the winners of its annual awards, which were presented June 7 at the LCP Poetry Festival and Conference in Toronto.

The inaugural Raymond Souster Award, which recognizes the best book of poetry by a league member, was presented to Anne Compton for Alongside (Fitzhenry & Whiteside).

The Pat Lowther Memorial Award, given for a collection by a Canadian woman, was awarded to Alexandra Oliver for Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway (Biblioasis).

The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, which recognizes a debut collection, was won by Murray Reiss for The Survival Rate of Butterflies in the Wild (Hagios Press).

The three winners each received $1,000.