Kayla Czaga’s debut poetry collection, For Your Safety Please Hold On (Nightwood Editions, 2014), has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award in the Poetry category! Since 1937, the Governor General’s Award has honoured the best in Canadian literature, with seven different categories for both English and French-language authors. All finalists receive $1,000, and the winners, who will be revealed on October 28th, will each receive $25,000.
For Your Safety Please Hold On, which was also shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize and the 2015 Debut-litzer Prize earlier this year.
Other English-language finalists for the Governor General’s Award in Poetry include Liz Howard’s Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (McClelland & Stewart / Penguin Random House Canada), M. Travis Lane’s Crossover (Cormorant Books), Patrick Lane’s Washita (Harbour Publishing), and Robyn Sarah’s My Shoes Are Killing Me (Biblioasis).
Good luck Kayla!