Doyali Islam, Thomas King and Billy-Ray Belcourt shortlisted for 2020 League of Canadian Poets Awards
Doyali Islam, Thomas King and Billy-Ray Belcourt are among the shortlisted writers for the 2020 League of Canadian Poets' poetry awards.
The prizes were created by the League of Canadian Poets, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting poets and poetry in Canada. The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, Pat Lowther Memorial Award and Raymond Souster Award, each worth $2,000, celebrate the best in Canadian poetry.
The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award recognizes the best debut book of poetry. The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is given to a collection of poetry by a Canadian woman, while the Raymond Souster Award recognizes the best book of poetry overall published by a member of the League.
Islam's collection entitled Heft is shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. The poems look at the nature of illness, pain and sexuality. The poetry collection casts its lens on normal female sexual experience and the notion of home in light of chronic pain and suspected autoimmune illness on a personal level.
Belcourt's NDN Coping Mechanisms is contending for the Raymond Souster Award.
The collection uses poetry, prose and textual art to explore how Indigenous and queer communities and identities are left out of mainstream media. The work is made up of two parts — one explores everyday life and the other explores influential texts such as Treaty 8.
King's first poetry collection, 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin, is recognized for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. The celebrated Canadian author, who has written mysteries, memoirs and novels, wrote 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin to celebrate turning 77 years old.
The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award was created in 1981. This year's jury features Anna Yin, Ben Ladouceur and Robin Richardson.
The winners will be announced on May 11, 2020. You can see the full shortlists below.
The Gerald Lampert Memorial Award shortlist
- Float and Scurry by Heather Birrell
- Doubter's Hymnal by Laura Cok
- What to Wear When Surviving A Lion Attack by Paola Ferrante
- 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin by Thomas King
- Re-Origin of Species by Alessandra Naccarato
- These are not the potatoes of my youth by Matthew Walsh
The Pat Lowther Memorial Award shortlist
- Unmeaningable by Roxanna Bennett
- How She Read by Chantal Gibson
- Sotto Voce by Maureen Hynes
- heft by Doyali Islam
- Inquiries by Michelle Porter
- The Caiplie Caves by Karen Solie
- Cluster by Souvankham Thammavongsa
The Raymond Souster Award shortlist