Nick Thran wins Trillium Poetry Award for Earworm

We are thrilled to announce that Nightwood Editions poet Nick Thran won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry for his second collection, Earworm, an honour that comes with a $10,000 cash prize.

The Trillium Book Award for Poetry, established in 2003, recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry. Works by more established poets are eligible for the traditional Trillium Book Award.

The jury for this year’s poetry award says of Thran’s work: “Here is an answer to why poetry matters, to how alchemical stanzas can turn experience to gold. Earworm is just as likely to make you cry as laugh, long and loud.”

Earworm expertly combines wicked cleverness, adept craftsmanship and a uniquely insightful perspective in an entertaining yet substantial tour de force. Building on the success of his debut, Thran has enhanced his compelling pop culture rhythms and distinctive voice with bolder formal experimentation and greater poetic maturity.

Nick Thran is the author of one previous collection of poetry, Every Inadequate Name (Insomniac Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in numerous publications across Canada, including Arc, The Best Canadian Poetry 2010, Geist, Maisonneuve, Matrix, The National Post and The Walrus.

The other authors nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry were Helen Guri for Match (Coach House Press) and Jacob McArthur Mooney for Folk (McClelland & Stewart).


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