Memory’s Daughter has been awarded the 2011 Stephan G. Stephansson Award, given annually for a book of poetry by an Alberta writer. The award was presented at the Writers Guild of Alberta’s annual awards gala in Calgary on June 15.
This award was established in 1982 in honour of Stephan G. Stephansson (1853-1927) who immigrated to Alberta and homesteaded near Markerville at the age of 36. He was considered the voice of the Icelandic immigrant community and his poetry expressed the alienation and loneliness felt by many who found themselves belonging neither to their homeland or their newly adopted country. Considered Iceland’s greatest poet since the 13th century, he was an avid reader, an ardent pacifist and a philosopher. By 1923, five volumes of his poems had been published and a sixth was published posthumously.