Congratulations to Kayla Czaga, Raoul Fernandes, Bren Simmers and Rita Wong for being selected for the 2015 Poetry in Transit campaign!
Ten poems were selected by the committee this year with four spots going to the Nightwood Editions poets. The poems will be displayed on buses and the Skytrain all over Greater Vancouver. The selected authors will be recognized at this year’s WORD Vancouver festival by Vancouver’s Poet Laureate Rachel Rose with six of the ten poets also performing a reading.
Debut author Kayla Czaga has garnered international recognition with her latest nomination! For Your Safety Please Hold On has been named a finalist for the 2015 Debut-litzer Prize. The submissions were carefully considered by eighteen volunteer readers whose decisions were made independent of Late Night Library’s staff and Board of Directors.
Winners will be announced in August and will be featured on the organization’s podcast Late Night Conversation, and become literary judges on Late Night Debut.
Good Luck Kayla!
Alex Leslie, Nightwood Editions author of The things I heard about you, has been named the winner of the 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize! The prize is presented to an emerging Canadian writer from the LGBT community who demonstrates great promise through a body of work of exceptional quality.
The award carries a $4000 prize and a trip to Toronto to headline in the emerging writers reading event.The jury cited that Alex has “a tremendous gift for compassion that’s equal to a talent for technique.”
Alex Leslie has also previously been shortlisted for the 2014 Robert Kroetsch award for innovative poetry. Congratulations Alex!
This is shaping up to be an incredible year for Kayla Czaga! Having already been nominated for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize, her debut collection, For Your Safety Please Hold On, has now been awarded the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award! The award recognizes the best first book of poetry published by a Canadian in the preceding year and carries a $1,000 prize sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets.
The judges commented that For Your Safety Please Hold On “unfurls experience, observation and development with complexity and more than a little humour suspending a reader between this page’s moment of assurance and the next moment’s unsettling observation. This work is a thrill.”
In addition, Kayla has also been nominated for the Canadian Authors Emerging Writer Award! The Emerging Writer finalist receives $500 and shortlisted authors receive a complimentary one-year membership with Canadian Authors. The winners of the award will be announced at the Literary Awards Dinner & Gala on Saturday, June 13. Good Luck Kayla!