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Harbour & Nightwood Poets Nominated for the Governor Generalís Award for Poetry

Posted: Thursday, October 15, 2009

Poet David Zieroth has just been nominated for The Fly in Autumn (Harbour Publishing, $18.95) and Philip Kevin Paul is nominated for Little Hunger (Nightwood Editions, $16.95).

The Canada Council’s Governor General’s Literary Awards are awarded in English and French in the categories of fiction, non fiction, poetry, drama, children’s literature (text and illustration) and translation. 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the awards, which are considered one of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes. The winning author in each category receives $25,000 and each finalist receives $1,000.

David Zieroth's poetry has appeared in dozens of anthologies and he has written eight other books, among them The Village of Sliding Time, Crows Do Not Have Retirement and his memoir, The Education of Mr. Whippoorwill: A Country Boyhood. Zieroth won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1999 for his collection How I Joined Humanity at Last and he also recently released a chapbook, Berlin Album, earlier this year. He taught at Douglas College in New Westminster, BC, for twenty-five years before retiring and founding the Alfred Gustav Press. Born in Neepawa, Manitoba, he lives in North Vancouver, BC.

Philip Kevin Paul is a member of the WSÁ,NEC Nation from the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. His work has been published in BC Studies, Literary Review of Canada, Breathing Fire: Canada’s New Poets and An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English. Paul has worked with the University of Victoria's linguistics department to ensure the preservation of the SENCOTEN language. His first book, Taking the Names Down from the Hill, won the 2004 Dorothy Livesay Award for Poetry.

The poetry jury was composed of Janice Kulyk Keefer, George Murray and John Pass. The other nominees for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry are David W. McFadden for Be Calm, Honey (Mansfield Press), Sina Queyras for Expressway (Coach House Books) and Carmine Starnino for This Way Out (Gaspereau Press). The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 17 at La Grande Bibliothèque de Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec in Montreal.