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15 poetry books shortlisted for 2022 ReLit Awards

The ReLit Awards honour the best Canadian books published by independent presses. The 2022 prizes are celebrating its poetry, short fiction and novel awards in the month of May.

The ReLit Awards honour the best Canadian books published by independent presses

These are the 15 Canadian poetry titles on the long shortlist for the 2022 ReLit Awards. (CBC)

Fifteen Canadian poetry books have been shortlisted for the 2022 ReLit Awards.

The ReLit Awards honour the best Canadian books published by independent presses.

Similar to last year's announcements, the 2022 prizes are celebrating its poetry, short fiction and novel awards in the month of May. The prize is known for releasing long shortlists.

The prize was first founded in 2000 by Newfoundland filmmaker and author Kenneth J. Harvey. The ReLit Awards are now being managed by Harvey's daughter, Katherine Alexandra Harvey. 

Winners receive the ReLit Ring, which is comprised of four moveable dials that each have the alphabet engraved on them. The ring was designed by Newfoundland jewellery designer Christopher Kearney.

Each week, the long shortlists for a particular genre will be announced on Monday, and the winners for that year will be announced on Friday.

The first week of May will be poetry, the second week will feature short fiction and the third week will feature the novel category.

The poetry nominees were announced on Monday (May 2) with the winner announcement happening on Friday, May 6.

Here are the poetry titles long-shortlisted for the 2022 ReLit Awards:

Category: Poetry

  • Grey All Over by Andrea Actis 
  • Exhibitionist by Molly Cross-Blanchard 
  • J'Accuse...! by George Elliott Clarke 
  • A Nihilist Walks Into a Bar by Brianna Ferguson 
  • Tell the Birds Your Body Is Not A Gun by Rayanne Haines 
  • Ink Earl by Susan Holbrook
  • Creeland by Dallas Hunt 
  • Constrictor by Nathaniel G. Moore 
  • Why I Was Late by Charlie Petch 
  • The Endless Garment by Marguerite Pigeon 
  • Searching for Eastman by Charles C. Smith 
  • In Singing, He Composed a Song by Jeremy Stewart
  • Love and Other Failed Religions by Dane Swan 
  • Autowar by Assiyah Jamilla Touré 
  • The Infinite Park by Peter Unwin 

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