Congratulations to North Vancouver-based poet Elaine Woo, who’s releasing her debut poetry collection with Nightwood Editions in September 2014. Elaine has been selected as one of the recipients of World Poetry’s Empowered Poet award! The awards, given to poets with a book or body of work who embody the World Poetry focus on multicultural empowerment, will be given out at Grand Opening of the Fourth World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival. This year’s opening will be held at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre campus in Vancouver in mid-October 2014.
Elaine Woo is a poet, librettist, and non-fiction writer. Her work appears in Arc Poetry Magazine, Shy: An Anthology (recipient of a 2014 silver medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), in the anthology category), V6A: Writing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (a finalist for the City of Vancouver Award in 2012), The Enpipe Line, Ricepaper, and more. Her art song collaboration with Daniel Marshall, Night-time Symphony, won a Boston Metro Opera festival prize in 2013. For more information on Elaine, visit her website at www.elainespath.com.
Her upcoming poetry collection, Cycling with the Dragon, is a personal investigation of family, love, culture and self. Woo’s poems champion the virtue of “smallness”—characters marginalized by society for their age or status (be they women, children, ethnic minorities) struggle to overcome the limitations imposed upon them. Like tenacious seeds breaking through to reach the sun, they ultimately find survival and inspiration in treasured authors and their words, the wilderness, and sometimes dreams and imagination.
World Poetry is a volunteer-based organization created by Ariadne Sawyer and Alejandro Mujica-Olea in 1997 in order to give recognition to multicultural and multilingual poets and writers, who have written in more than 100 languages spoken in Canada. It now encompasses the World Poetry Reading Series at the Vancouver Public Library; The World Poetry Café Radio Show, which airs every Tuesday from 9-10 pm on CFRO (PST); the World Poetry Canada International Peace Festival, which will run from October 6 to 26, 2014; and more. For more information, go to www.worldpoetry.ca.
Nightwood Editions is pleased to announce Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s book children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections won the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, which recognizes the best full-length English-language book of poems for adults by a Canadian writer. The CAA Award for Poetry winner receives $2000 and a silver medal. In the long-held tradition of writers honouring writers, the Canadian Authors Association announced the winners of its 2014 Literary Awards at a gala reception in Orillia, Ontario on Saturday, June 21.
Renée Sarojini Saklikar was 23 years old when her aunt and uncle were murdered on June 23, 1985, in the bombing of Air India Flight 182. In her first book of poems, children of air india: un/authorized exhibits and interjections, Saklikar presents a powerful and deeply personal collection. These poems offer a fresh perspective on a heartbreaking chapter in Canada’s history—the bombing of Air India Flight 182, which killed all 329 passengers and crew, including 82 children under the age of 13.
Saklikar breaks new ground in her approach to the Canada/Air India saga. The collection is animated by a proposition: that personal and shared violence produces continuing sonar, an echolocation that finds us, even when we choose to be unaware or indifferent. These poignant poems invite us to help bear witness to an aviation disaster that continues to resonate around the world, decades after the original event.
Introduced in 1975, the Canadian Authors Association Literary Awards honour Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal in the categories of fiction, Canadian history and the poetry. Joseph Boyden was awarded the CAA Fiction Award for The Orenda (Penguin Group Canada). Charlotte Gray was named the recipient of the Lela Common Award for Canadian History for The Massey Murder: A maid, her master, and the trial that shocked a country (HarperCollins Canada). Grace O’Connell won the Emerging Writer Award for a promising writer under 30; her achievements include the novel Magnified World (Knopf Canada). The CAA Award for Poetry shortlist also included Catherine Graham, for Her Red Hair Rises with the Wings of Insects (Wolsak and Wynn Publishers), and Tom Wayman, for Winter Skin (Oolichan Books).
For more information about the Canadian Authors Association Literary Awards, refer to their website at www.canadianauthors.org.
This prestigious international award is the single biggest prize in the world for a collection of short stories. It is hoped the Award, for a complete collection of previously unpublished stories in a book collection, will play a significant role in establishing parity of esteem for the short story collection alongside the novel. €25,000 is awarded to the winning author of a collection of short stories published for the first time, in English anywhere in the world.
Other Canadian authors on the longlist include Lynn Coady, Cynthia Flood, Jack Thiessen, and Kathy Page.
Complete listing of longlisted authors available here.