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Nightwood Author Shortlisted for the Trillium Award

Posted: May 26, 2008

Ottawa poet Rob Winger has been shortlisted for the 21st Annual Trillium Book Award for Poetry in English for his first collection, Muybridge’s Horse (Nightwood Editions). The Trillium Book Award is the Ontario government’s prestigious award for literature. Winger will be reading in Vancouver at the Robson Reading Series (UBC Bookstore at Robson Square, 800 Robson Street)  on Tuesday, June 3 at 7pm (with poet Karen Houle).

Winger was also named a finalist for the Governor General Literary Award for Poetry in 2007 for Muybridge’s Horse. Part history, part invention, this stunning debut is a sensual biographical long poem that follows the career of Eadweard Muybridge, a nineteenth-century British-born photographer whose studies of bodies in motion led to the invention of moving pictures. Rob Winger’s tale uses an inventive combination of poetic styles and voices, recounting early attempts to capture images on glass. Searching out stereoscopic beauty, Winger’s version of Muybridge carries portable darkrooms from the heights of Yosemite’s domes to the depths of the North and South American coastlines, and ultimately onto an 1878 race track, where a battery of fifty cameras settles a bet about a horse’s stride, forever changing the world’s understanding of movement.

Elegantly told, Muybridge’s Horse is an evocative exploration of history, personal obsession, passion and negatives.

Rob Winger grew up in a tiny Ontario town, and has since lived in eastern Canada and Asia. His work has been published in literary journals across the country. Currently at work at a doctoral degree in English and cultural studies, Winger lives with his family in Ottawa, Ontario, where he skates to work each winter.

The Trillium Book Award for Poetry recognizes literary achievement for a first, second or third published work of poetry in English and French. The winners receive $10,000, and finalists receive a $500 honorarium. Other finalists for the English Trillium Book Award for Poetry are Emily Schultz, for Songs for the Dancing Chicken (ECW Press) and Rachel Zolf for Human Resources (Coach House Books). Ontario’s Minister of Culture, Aileen Carroll, will announce the winners in Toronto on June 12, 2008.