Congratulations to Joe Denham and Kayla Czaga for their Canadian Authors Association (CAA) award wins! Denham’s third poetry collection, Regeneration Machine has won the 2016 CAA Award for Poetry! The prize is awarded to the Canadian author of the best work of poetry published in the preceding year. Czaga won the CAA Emerging Writer Award awarded to authors under 30. Her debut book For Your Safety Please Hold On was published by Nightwood in 2014.
Regeneration Machine is a 100-stanza, 9,000-word letter-in-verse to his friend’s ghost—a requiem, elegy, lament; a sort of flailing attempt to make sense of the nonsensically violent way that a non-violent, caring, intelligent young man chose to end his life. Quill & Quire gave the book a starred review, calling it “a keeper.”
Joe Denham is also the author of two other poetry collections and a novel. He lives with his wife and two children in Halfmoon Bay, BC.
For Your Safety Please Hold On moves in thematic focus from family, to girlhood, to adulthood, each permeated by Czaga’s lively voice and quick-witted, playful language.
Kayla Czaga grew up in Kitimat and now lives in Vancouver, BC, where she recently earned her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC.
Introduced in 1975, these awards continue the association’s long tradition of honouring Canadian writers who achieve excellence without sacrificing popular appeal. The finalists were selected from over 300 nominations.