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2021 Alberta Literary Awards Winners

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The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers’ Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors.
The Silence Slips In

The Silence Slips In

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R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (Sponsored by the Under the Arch Youth Foundation at The Calgary Foundation)
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Response of Weeds, The

Response of Weeds, The

A Misplacement of Black Poetry on the Prairies
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Grown in Alberta
In Michigan
they will point to a spot
on the palm of their right
hand
when you ask
where are you from?
For Michiganders
the hand is the simulacrum
for substitute belonging.
First came the hand
then the map
then the hand again
The map's handsome substitute.
But first-first came the cold
and then the mitten:
the map's handsome substitute.
On the Canadian prairies
the cold is your constant contender
the cold is always first-first.
Once I dreamed of an empty grain elevator
sheathed in brittle ice.
I wanted to get inside
but each time I chipped
at its door, I felt an enervating
pang in the hollow of my abdomen.
I wanted to get outside
but each time I chipped at its door, I saw a glinting
mirrored surface magnifying my actions.
Everything went cold
my breath
undusted diamonds suspended before me.
A landscape was hinted in its spaces.
I would have placed my hand up against it,
the curl of my fingers
settling along the foothills,
but at times like these you can't help thinking about
those prototype fools in stories
baring the substitute cold to their tongues,
the very wording of my verisimilitude belonging.
And, Canada, you would not believe
how often a Michigander
never asked me
where are you from?

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Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry (Sponsored by Stephan V. Benediktson)
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Relax, Dammit!

Relax, Dammit!

A User's Guide to the Age of Anxiety
edition:Hardcover
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Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction (Supported by Vivian Hansen)
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Always Brave, Sometimes Kind

Always Brave, Sometimes Kind

A Novel
edition:Paperback
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Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
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