Nightwood congratulates Chris Hutchinson, who has been shortlisted for the 2013 Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry for his most recent collection, A Brief History of the Short-Lived. The award is given annually to a Canadian poet whose work is accessible to all people in its use of language and image and follows in the tradition of some of Canada’s major poets, such as Milton Acorn, Ted Plantos, Dorothy Livesay and Al Purdy.
In A Brief History of the Short-Lived, Hutchinson brings the full force of his linguistic dexterity to bear on the elusive subject of literature itself. With his restless intellectual curiosity tempered by a dash of witty self-deprecation, Hutchinson deftly manoeuvres through hallowed halls of academia with humour and grace.
The Acorn-Plantos Award for People’s Poetry comes with a medallion and a $500 prize. The winner will be announced in November.