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Canada Reads – Poetry

Canada Reads Poetry announces panellists, books

CBC News

Posted: Apr 8, 2011 12:26 PM ET

Last Updated: Apr 8, 2011 12:26 PM ET

Susan Musgrave is defending Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan, who died in 1983.
Susan Musgrave is defending Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan, who died in 1983. (Bruce Stotsebury)

CBC’s online books portal is launching a new version ofCanada Reads devoted to collections of poetry.

Five panelists — all poets — will defend their selections online and in essays published in the National Post newspaper over the next three weeks.

The debate will end with a live online chat. Then the public will choose a winner in a vote to end April 26.

The books chosen included works by acclaimed writers such as the late Alden Nowlan, a Fredericton poet and past winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, and Toronto’s Dionne Brand, who was nominated earlier this week for the Griffin and Pat Lowther poetry prizes.

The full list of competitors, with their defenders:

  • Forage by Rita Wong, defended by Sonnet L’Abbé.
  • Nox by Anne Carson, defended by Anne Simpson.
  • Inventory by Dionne Brand, defended by George Murray.
  • Selected Poems by Alden Nowlan, defended by Susan Musgrave.
  • Sheep’s Vigil by a Fervent Person by Erin Mouré, defended by Jacob McArthur Mooney.

Sheep’s Vigil is a translation, from the original Portuguese, of O Guardador de Rebanhos by 1920s and ’30s poet Fernando Pessoa, who wrote under the name Alberto Caeiro.

Carson draws on the Roman poet Catullus in her unusual, hand-bound book Nox, which is reflection on the loss of her brother.

Canada Reads Poetry can be followed online at CBC Books.


Will you follow the results of Canada Reads Poetry?  Does reading poems interest you? Why or why not?



Wow! Attention Poets! Well worth entering…

New $50,000 Montreal International Poetry Prize launched

Linda Leith

Globe and Mail Blog
Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 11:57AM EDT

Literary Montreal is the source of an audacious new literary prize announced late last week: the Montreal International Poetry Prize, which will award $50,000 for a single poem of up to 40 lines written in English.

Billing itself the “World’s Largest Poetry Competition,” the prize is “designed to bring more attention to poetry and to encourage people from all over the world to enter their poems,” according to a press release.

What is innovative about the prize is its encouragement of poems using “any English dialect” and its openness to poets from all over the world, whether previously published or not.

The $50,000 is a gift from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous. “We are currently seeking a sponsor or patron for future years,” explains Peter Abramowicz, the business consultant who is one of the Montreal Prize’s three founders; the others are former investment banker and aspiring writer Len Epp and poet and literary critic Asa Boxer.

Asked to comment on the audacity of launching a globe English poetry prize in Montreal, Epp says, “It’s not necessarily audacious. It’s certainly interesting. We think it’s a great thing for Montreal, not just for the English-speaking community, and we hope that people will share our belief that Montreal is a great cultural city.”

An editorial board of distinguished poets includes Montreal’s Stephanie Bolster and Michael Harris, former Montrealer Eric Ormsby, Australian John Kinsella, Jamaican-born Valerie Bloom, Malawian Frank M. Chipasula, as well as the Nigerian Odia Ofeimun, Mumbai poet Anand Thakore, Sinéad Morrissey from Belfast and London-born Fred D’Aguiar, who grew up in Guyana of Guyanese parents.

The early entry deadline for the competition is April 22, with a final deadline of July 8, 2011. The editorial board will choose the top 50 out of the poems submitted, and these will be published in print and in e-formats by Montreal’s Véhicule Press in fall 2011. The winner of the inaugural prize, chosen by 2011 judge Andrew Motion, will be announced in December.

For more information on the Montreal International Poetry Prize, including entry fees, contact Len Epp or visit


Is anyone out there considering applying to the poetry competition? 

Have you ever won a contest?  What kind?