CBC Literary Prizes

Blue, Orphaned Rabbits and The Shearing by Erin Wilson

Erin Wilson has made the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for Blue, Orphaned Rabbits and The Shearing.

2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist

Erin Wilson is a poet living in northern Ontario. (Submitted by Erin Wilson)

Erin Wilson has made the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize longlist for Blue, Orphaned Rabbits and The Shearing.

The winner of the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, have their work published on CBC Books and attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Four finalists will each receive $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and have their work published on CBC Books.

The shortlist will be announced on Nov. 14, 2019. The winner will be announced on Nov. 21, 2019.

About Erin

Erin Wilson is originally from a small rural community on Manitoulin Island, the daughter of a trapper and a cook, stepdaughter to a butcher. Wilson's poetry explores identity through poems that both threaten and feed. Her work has appeared in literary journals such as The Literary Review of Canada, On the Seawall, Natural Bridge, Poetry Ireland Review and The Hamilton Stone Review. Her first collection, At Home with Disquiet, is due out in spring 2020. She lives and writes in a small town in northern Ontario.

Entry in five-ish words

Blood is what there is.

The poems' source of inspiration

My son.

First lines of the poem Blue

There is a family story. 

When my first husband and I were together 
we hiked a fairly arduous trail with the children, 
young at the time. 

At the top, our daughter, 
believing she saw water in the distance, 
ran toward the jutting precipice 
and nearly jumped. 

It was sky.

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