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League of Canadian Poets announce longlists for 2021 Poetry Awards

The League of Canadian Poets has released the longlists for their annual Poetry Awards. The three prizes are each valued at $2,000, with winners selected by a three-person jury. The League of Canadian Poets is a non-profit dedicated to promoting Canadian poetry and artistic expression.

2021 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award (presented for a debut poetry collection)
Jury: DA Lockhart, Nisha Patel, and Phoebe Wang

  • The Response of Weeds, Bertrand Bickersteth (NeWest Press)
  • Burning Sugar, Cicely Belle Blain (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • the gospel of breaking, Jillian Christmas (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • The Lost Cafeteria, Joel Robert Ferguson (Signature Editions)
  • ZOM-FAM, Kama La Mackerel (Metonymy Press)
  • I Am Still Your Negro, Valerie Mason-John (University of Alberta Press)
  • Washes, Prays, Noor Naga (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Where Things Touch, Bahar Orang (Book*hug Press)
  • Bones, Tyler Pennock (Brick Books)
  • Bittersweet, Natasha Ramoutar (Mawenzi House)
  • Tablet Fragments, Tamar Rubin (Signature Editions)
  • Pluviophile, Yusuf Saadi (Nightwood Editions)

2021 Pat Lowther Memorial Award (presented for a book of poetry by a woman)
Jury: Puneet Dutt, Doyali Islam, and Cassidy McFadzean

  • Burning Sugar, Cicely Belle Blain (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Sick, Jody Chan (Black Lawrence Press)
  • the gospel of breaking, Jillian Christmas (Arsenal Pulp Press)
  • Black Matters, Afua Cooper (Roseway Publishing)
  • The Outer Wards, Sadiqa de Meijer (Véhicule Press/Signal Poetry)
  • A Map of Rain Days, Jennifer Hosein (Guernica Editions)
  • Body Count, Kyla Jamieson (Nightwood Editions)
  • Waking Ground, shalan joudry (Gaspereau Press)
  • Pineapple Express, Evelyn Lau (Anvil Press)
  • The Dyzgraphxst, Canisia Lubrin (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Washes, Prays, Noor Naga (McClelland & Stewart)
  • footlights, Pearl Pirie (Radiant Press)

2021 Raymond Souster Award (presented for a book of poetry published by a League member)
Jury: Cheryl Antao-Xavier, Jacob MacArthur Mooney and David Martin

  • The Outer Wards, Sadiqa de Meijer (Véhicule Press/Signal Poetry)
  • Hell Light Flesh, Klara du Plessis (Palimpsest Press)
  • Niagara & Government, Phil Hall (Pedlar Press)
  • The Fool, Jessie Jones (Goose Lane Editions)
  • The Dyzgraphxst, Canisia Lubrin (McClelland & Stewart)
  • The Whole Singing Ocean, Jessica Moore (Nightwood Editions)
  • Bones, Tyler Pennock (Brick Books)
  • Burning Province, Michael Prior (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Lullabies in the Real World, Meredith Quartermain (NeWest Press)
  • Nautilus and Bone, Lisa Richter (Frontenac House)
  • Junebat, John Elizabeth Stintzi (House of Anansi Press)
  • Word Problems, Ian Williams (Coach House Books)