The League of Canadian Poets kicked off National Poetry Month with a bang, announcing the nominees for the 2015 Raymond Souster Award, Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther Memorial Awards, and the Sheri-D Wilson Goldern Beret Award winner.
The Raymond Souster Award is given out to the best book of poetry from the preceding year. This year's nominees include three LPG members: Brick Books & Susan Paddon for Two Tragedies in 429 Breaths, Nightwood Editions & Laisha Rosnau for Pluck, and Coach House Books & Rachel Zolf for Janey's Arcadia.
The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award is given out to the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year. This year's shortlist features five LPG members: Nightwood Editions & Kayla Czaga for For Your Safety Please Hold On, Gaspereau Press & Sylvia D. Hamilton for And I Alone Escaped to Tell You, Goose Lane Editions & Stevie Howell for [Sharps], Biblioasis & Kerry-Lee Powell for Inheritance, and ECW Press & Suzannah Showler for Failure to Thrive.
The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given out to the best book of poetry by a Canadian woman from the preceding year. This year's nominees has two LPG members, but four titles: Kegedonce Press & Joanne Arnott for Halfling Spring, and Coach House Books for School by Jen Currin, M x T by Sina Queyras, and Cinema of the Present by Lisa Robertson.
Congratulations to Penn Kemp on winning the 2015 Sheri-D Wilson Golden Beret Award. The winners for the rest of the awards will be announced at the LCP Annual Poetry Festival and Conference in Winnipeg on May 30th. To learn more about the awards and to view a full list of the this year's nominees, please visit poets.ca.