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Nightwood Poet receives Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize

Posted: Monday, May 1, 2017 at 4:58pm

Congratulations to Vancouver author Adèle Barclay, whose debut poetry collection, If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You (Nightwood Editions), has won the 2017 Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize. The prize is awarded to the BC author of the best work of poetry published in the preceding year. 

If I Were in a Cage Id Reach Out for YouIf I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You is a collection that travels through both time and place, liminally occupying the chasm between Canadian and American mythologies. These poems dwell in surreal pockets of the everyday warped landscapes of modern cities and flood into the murky basin of the intimate.

Adèle Barclay’s poems have appeared in The FiddleheadPRISM internationalMatrixThe Pinch and others. If I Were in a Cage I’d Reach Out for You was also shortlisted for the 2015 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. She is the winner of the 2016 LitPop award for poetry and is the Interviews Editor at The Rusty Toque.

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers and are awarded annually in seven categories. The awards carry a cash prize of $2000 plus a certificate.