Archive for June, 2009

Irish anthology of Canadian poetry launched

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

A generous selection from Alice’s collection, The Occupied World, appears in a new anthology of Canadian poetry published in Ireland.How the Light gets in: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry from Canada is published by the Centre for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, in the School of Humanities at Waterford Institute of Technology. Editor John Ennis (Chair of the Centre and Head of the School of Humanities) has assembled a massive 650 pages featuring 65 poets to create a remarkably detailed snapshot of the poetry now being published in this country.

The anthology was released in Waterford, Ireland, in mid-March as part of the new Sean Dunne International Festival of Arts and Culture. On April 23 (UNESCO World Book Day) the anthology was launched at the Canadian Embassy in Dublin by Canada’s ambassador to Ireland, and another launch took place at Cuirt, the biggest of the Irish international literary festivals.

Anthology review

Alice wins the Pat Lowther prize

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

The Office Tower Tales was awarded the Pat Lowther Award at the annual conference of the League of Canadian Poets on June 13. The Lowther award is given annually for best book of poetry by a Canadian woman.

The award was established in memory of Pat Lowther, a young B. C. poet who died tragically just before she was to become the League’s first female president.  Previous winners have included distinguished poets such as Gwendolyn MacEwan, Lorna Crozier and Dionne Brandt.

Alice’s book Some Bones and a Story was previously shortlisted for the same award.

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