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2015 League of Poets Awards

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Toronto, June 2, 2015: The League of Canadian Poets revealed the winners of the 2015 Raymond Souster Award, the Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards, and the Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award in Winnipeg on Saturday, May 30, at a joint conference presented by the LCP and the Writers Union of Canada. The celebration marked the 49th annual LCP Poetry Conference and Festival.
Washita

Washita

New Poems
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2015 RAYMOND SOUSTER AWARD
2015 Jury: Micheline Maylor, Susan McMaster, D.C. Reid

Judges' comments:
At times startling, at times soft with nostalgia, always attentive to language and image. There is a deep and sensory tension between what is an interior experience and what is exterior. Deeply moving and beautiful. This is a mature poet’s book infused with sabi (Japanese: the beauty and serenity that comes with age).
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MxT

MxT

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2015 PAT LOWTHER AWARD
2015 Jury: Di Brandt, Candice James, Concetta Principe

Judges' comments:
Sina Queyras mystically sews the ghost to the body, the dead to the living, the thread of ‘what if ’ to the cloth of ‘it is’. The dialogues with the dead are softly honed into majestic surreal sculptures as Queyras paints us into a different kind of reality alive with the dead and scriptures of the third kind. A thrilling fusion of defiance and vulnerability, and quirky humour. Experimental writing with a lot of heart.
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For Your Safety Please Hold On

For Your Safety Please Hold On

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2015 GERALD LAMPERT MEMORIAL AWARD
2015 Jury: Sonja Greckol, Charles Mountford, David Seymour

Judges' Comments:
Kayla Czaga's For Your Safety Please Hold On moves line by flawless line along an arc in|from broken bodies through re|construction into troubled and troubling metaphor. In this first collection, which offers the reader a growth project, a deeply embodied girl child and young woman meets her world (personal and literary) with sly and contemplative thought that experiments with itself. Czaga unfurls experience, observation and development with complexity and more that a little humour suspending a reader between this page's moment of assurance and the next moment's unsettling observation. This work is a thrill.
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