Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Agnes Walsh Nominated for Prestigious Canadian Poetry Prize

Poets shortlisted for two national prizes; National Poetry Month kicks off
from the Canadian Press

TORONTO — Writers making the short lists for two national poetry prizes were announced Tuesday at a launch event for National Poetry Month.

In the running for the $1,000 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for a first book of poetry: "Radius of Light," by Joshua Auerbach; "Making Bones Walk," by Alex Boyd; "Wolf Tree," by Alison Calder; "Contrary Infatuations," by Dymphny Dronyk; "Ride Backwards on Dragon," by Kim Goldberg; and "The Sweet Fuels," by Erin Knight.

The $1,000 Pat Lowther Award for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman: "Wolf Tree," by Alison Calder; "The Crooked Good," by Louise Bernice Halfe; "Two Hemispheres," by Nadine McInnis; "Shell," by Olive Senior; "Quick," by Anne Simpson; and "Going Around With Bachelors," by Agnes Walsh.

The winners will be announced June 21 in St. John's, N.L.

National Poetry Month, established by the League of Canadian Poets in 1998, brings together schools, publishers, booksellers and other groups to celebrate poetry.

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Going Around with Bachelors (as well as Agnes' first collection, In the Old Country of My Heart) is available as an audiobook from Rattling Books.