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Harbour, Nightwood & Caitlin Celebrate 2010 ReLit Nominees

Posted: August 11, 2010

Harbour Publishing, Nightwood Editions and Caitlin Press are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2010 ReLit Awards longlist:

The Fly in Autumn by David Zieroth (Harbour Publishing)
God of Missed Connections by Elizabeth Bachinsky (Nightwood Editions)
Red Nest by Gillian Jerome (Nightwood Editions)
Lousy Explorers by Laisha Rosnau (Nightwood Editions)
Never More There by Stephen Rowe (Nightwood Editions)
Wax Boats by Sarah Roberts (Caitlin Press)

The ReLit Awards (Ideas, Not Money) were founded in 2000 and celebrate new work released by independent Canadian literary publishers. ReLit is short for Regarding Literature, Reinventing Literature, Relighting Literature.

The Fly in Autumn is a nuanced work with an absurdist twist involving recognizable landscapes such as North Vancouver quays, and piers and harbour fog. It won the 2009 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry. David Zieroth’s poetry has appeared in dozens of anthologies and he has written eight books, among them The Village of Sliding Time, Crows Do Not Have Retirement and The Education of Mr. Whippoorwill: A Country Boyhood. Zieroth won the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in 1999 for How I Joined Humanity at Last. He has also released a chapbook, Berlin Album. 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.

Written in the near absence of creative works by Ukrainian Canadians of her generation, God of Missed Connections is a breakthrough collection by one of Canada’s leading young poets. Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of three collections of poetry, Curio (BookThug, 2005), Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood, 2006), and God of Missed Connections (Nightwood, 2009). Her work was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2006, the Kobzar Literary Award in 2009, the Pat Lowther Award in 2010 and the Bronwen Wallace Award in 2004. Her poems have appeared in literary journals, anthologies and on film in Canada, the United States, France, Ireland, England and China. She is an instructor of creative writing at Douglas College in New Westminster where she is Poetry Editor for Event magazine.

Gillian Jerome’s debut book of poetry Red Nest is a collection of domestic, urban and intergalactic eclogues. It was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. Her first non-fiction book, Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, won the 2009 City of Vancouver Book Award and was shortlisted for a BC Book Prize. She teaches literature at UBC and her poetry has been anthologized in Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets. She now lives in East Vancouver with her family.

Lousy Explorers navigates new territory, both physically and emotionally—relocation, the north, new marriage and motherhood—in a way that is honest, raw and insightful. Laisha Rosnau is the author of the bestselling novel The Sudden Weight of Snow, the Acorn-Plantos People's Poetry Prize-winning collection Notes on Leaving, and her most recent poetry collection, Lousy Explorers. Her work has been published in Canada, the US, the UK and Australia, and she was recently anthologized in White Ink: Poems on Mothers and Motherhood and Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry. Rosnau currently lives with her husband and two young children in Coldstream, BC.

In Never More There, Rowe explores the nature of mythology and how it morphs in time to retain cultural and personal significance. Stephen Rowe was a finalist for the Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers and his poetry has appeared in The Antigonish Review, CV2, Iota, The Newfoundland Quarterly, The Panhandler, Paragon, Rhythm Poetry Magazine, The Society 2008 and The Toronto Quarterly. He was born in Heart's Content, Newfoundland and now lives in Gander with his family.

In Sarah Robert's debut collection Wax Boats, a rural island community comes to life in action-packed, evocative tales. Sarah Roberts is an award-winning writer and a graduate of the University of Victoria's creative writing program. She has worked as a writer for the Ministry of Forests, Aboriginal Affairs, freelanced for newspapers and magazines and has published as a ghost writer. Her short stories have been published by literary journals in Canada, New Zealand, England and the United States. Roberts lives in Gibsons, BC, with her husband Eli, a bird and two tiny dogs. Wax Boats is her first book.

The other nominees for the 2010 ReLit Awards longlist can be found at