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The League of Canadian Poets announces shortlists

Billy-Ray Belcourt

The League of Canadian Poets has announced the shortlists for its annual poetry awards, to be presented on June 16 at the Canadian Writers’ Summit. Toronto poet Phoebe Wang received two nominations, as did 2018 Griffin Prize finalist Billy-Ray Belcourt.

Nominees for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, recognizing a debut collection by a Canadian poet:

  • This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt (Frontenac House)
  • Faunics by Jack Davis (Pedlar Press)
  • Thin Air of the Knowable by Wendy Donawa (Brick Books)
  • Otolith by Emily Nilsen (Goose Lane Editions)
  • The Rules of the Kingdom by Julie Paul (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • Admission Requirements by Phoebe Wang (McClelland and Stewart)

Nominees for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award, given to a book of Canadian poetry written by a woman:

  • Indianland by Lesley Belleau (ARP Books)
  • Bicycle Thieves by Mary di Michele (ECW Press)
  • Museum of Kindness by Susan Elmslie (Brick Books)
  • Breathing at Dusk by Beth Goobie (Coteau Books)
  • Dear Ghost by Catherine Owen (Wolsak & Wynn)
  • Admission Requirements by Phoebe Wang (M&S)

Nominees for the Raymond Souster Award, recognizing a collection by a league member:

  • This Wound is a World by Billy-Ray Belcourt (Frontenac House)
  • The Better Monsters by Puneet Dutt (Mansfield Press)
  • Cloud Physics by Karen Enns (University of Regina Press)
  • Slow War by Benjamin Hertwig (McGill-Queen’s University Press)
  • Trailer Park Elegy by Cornelia Hoogland (Harbour Publishing)
  • Voodoo Hypothesis by Canisia Lubrin (Wolsak & Wynn)

Nominees for the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award for Spoken Word:

  • Ian Keteku
  • Kaie Kelloug
  • Dwayne Morgan