Our blog is a place for CV2 staff to post about upcoming events and news related to CV2.

Shazia Hafiz Ramji, Past Contributor to CV2

Mar 5, 2019

Shazia Hafiz Ramji—whose first professional publication was in CV2's Summer 2012 issue—recently published her debut book of poetry, Port of Being. She is also Open Book's writer in residence for the month of March!

Take a peek at Open Book's website for an interview with Shazia about her experience as an emerging poet.

Shazia Hafiz Ramji’s first book, Port of Being (Invisible Publishing), received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry and was chosen by CBC as one of the best Canadian poetry books of 2018. Her fiction and criticism have appeared in The Humber Literary Review and Quill & Quire, respectively. She will be a writer in residence with Open Book in March 2019. She lives on unceded Coast Salish land (Vancouver) where she began the Intersections Reading Group and where she works as a publishing consultant and editor for various presses across Canada.

2018 Young Buck Poetry Prize Winner

Jan 8, 2019

The winner and honourable mentions for the 2018 Young Buck Poetry Prize have been selected by contest judge Mallory Tater!

The Young Buck poetry prize is awarded to the author of the single best submitted poem, along with $1000 and publication in CV2. Three honourable mentions are also awarded, each with a cash prize.

The winner of the 2018 Young Buck Poetry Prize of $1000 is:

Joseph Kidney for "Garbage Takeout"

Honourable Mentions and $150 go to:

David Janzen for "Mariposa (for Greg Curnoe)"
David Janzen for "One Year Old"

The prize-winning poems will be published in our Summer 2019 Issue. 

Here is what our wonderful contest judge, Mallory Tater, had to say about her experience judging the contest and selecting the winning entry: 

"Judging this year’s young buck contest was challenging in whittling down my favourites when I enjoyed so many. It was heartening to see what other young writers are creating and how each submitted poem contained its own world of emotion, narrative and energy. Like the winning poem, Garbage Takeout, that deals with loss and smoke and autumn as arson shows us, it’s the quiet moments that create momentum in a poem, the small stirrings of a small week when the garbage is removed from a Santa Rosa apartment—the floss spooled, the tea-bags dry, the vase balanced. I read so many submitted poems that lived so well in their quiet. And thrived so tenderly in their conceived space."

Thank you so much to Mallory, and to everyone who submitted their work! Until next time!

Poetry Workshops for BIPOC Writers

Jan 3, 2019

Seeking to celebrate and promote local Winnipeg writers of colour, CV2 is proud to present four writing workshops dedicated to BIPOC poets. With an aim to connect, develop, and support emerging local talent within the BIPOC community, the workshops will help participants to hone their skills both as writers, and as ambassadors for their own work. These workshops are supported by the IWGS and QTPOC, and CV2 encourages queer, trans, and two-spirit BIPOC writers to apply.

Workshops will be held in the ArtSpace Board Room located at 424-100 Arthur Street from 12:00pm – 3:00pm on the following Saturdays:

Workshops will be free for all writers who are selected to attend.
Participants will be required to attend all four workshops.

To apply, please send the following information to with the subject line “BIPOC Workshops”:

Phone number:
Email address:

Has your work been published before (yes or no)?
Have you ever taken a poetry workshop and/or class before (yes or no)?

Submit 6-10 poems that you would like to workshop. They must be in word doc format with your name and date in the header of the page. Copies of these poems will be made for everyone. Poems must be in English or in English translation.   

*EXTENDED DEADLINE for applications: January 19, 2019
Selected applicants will be notified by January 20, 2019

Workshop Leaders

Dr. Sharanpal Ruprai
Dr. Ruprai is a writer and Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg. Ruprai’s debut poetry collection, Seva, was shortlisted for the Stephen G. Stephansson Award for Poetry by the Alberta Literary Awards in 2015. As an interdisciplinary humanities scholar, her research and teaching interests include: Indigenous and critical race feminism, religious and cultural studies and artistic practice. Currently, Ruprai is working on a collection of essays entitled Who Are You Calling a Kaur/Princess? By juxtaposing novels, plays, poetry collections, and films, the book explores issues such as religion, gender violence, and identity, within the specific context of the Canadian South Asian women’s experience.

Tasha Spillett
Tasha Spillett draws her strength from both her Nehiyaw and Trinidadian bloodlines. She is a celebrated educator, poet, and emerging scholar. Tasha is most heart-tied to contributing to community-led work that centres on land and water defence, and the protection of Indigenous women and girls. Tasha is currently working on her PhD in Education through the University of Saskatchewan, where she holds a Vanier Canada Award. Tasha Spillett’s graphic novel, Surviving the City, is one book in the Debwe Series and tells a story of kinship, resilience, cultural resurgence, and the anguish of a missing loved one.

Chimwemwe Undi
Chimwemwe Undi is a performance and page poet living and writing as a guest on Treaty One in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her work has appeared on stages at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and in the pages of Room Magazine, Arc Poetry Magazine, and CV2, among others. She holds an MA in linguistics from York University. Her debut chapbook, The Habitual Be, was published by University of Nebraska Press in 2017.