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Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther shortlists announced

Shortlists for the annual Gerald Lampert Award and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award were announced last night at the National Poetry Month launch event in Toronto.

The Gerald Lampert Award recognizes the best debut poetry collection published by a Canadian. The shortlisted books are:

  • The Crow’s Vow, Susan Briscoe (Signal Editions)
  • That Other Beauty, Karen Enns (Brick Books)
  • Tiny, Frantic, Stronger, Jeff Latosik (Insomniac Press)
  • [sic], Nikki Reimer (Frontenac Press)
  • Here Is Where We Disembark, Clea Roberts (Freehand Books)
  • The Nights Also, Anna Swanson (Tightrope Books)

The Pat Lowther Award is presented to a book of poetry published by a Canadian woman. The shortlisted books are:

  • Ossuaries, Dionne Brand (McClelland & Stewart)
  • Walking to Mojácar, Di Brandt (Turnstone Press)
  • Living Under Plastic, Evelyn Lau (Oolichan Books)
  • Memory’s Daughter, Alice Major (University of Alberta Press)
  • Cathedral, Pamela Porter (Ronsdale Press)
  • La luna, Tango, siempre la luna / The Moon, Tango, Always the Moon, Nela Rio (Broken Jaw Press)

It’s been a fine week so far for Brand, who today was also nominated for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize.

Winners of both awards, worth $1,000 each, will be announced June 11 at the LCP Poetry Fest and Conference in Toronto.

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