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2019 Young Buck Judge Announced

Jul 9, 2019

Our judge for the 2019 Young Buck Poetry Prize is the wonderful Shazia Hafiz Ramji.

Submissions are officially open for CV2's Young Buck Poetry Prize, and we are so excited to announce that Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the judge for this year's contest! Below you can learn more about the contest, about Shazia, and about what she's looking for in a winning poem.

The Young Buck Poetry Prize is a contest for writers 35 and under, and is awarded annually 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. With a deadline of November 1st, you still have plenty of time left to submit. 

Shazia Hafiz Ramji is the author of Port of Being (Invisible Publishing), a finalist for the 2019 BC Book Prizes (Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize) and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. It was also named by CBC as a best Canadian poetry book of 2018 and received the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. Shazia's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Best Canadian Poetry 2019, and Quill & Quire. She is at work on a novel and a second book of poems.

On what she's looking for in a winning poem, this is what Shazia has to say: "Poems that resonate with me always carry a rhythm that haunts and echoes; this is a heart-bound, ghost-filled, risk-taking route, one that I'm always seeking."

ndncountry West Coast Launch

Mar 7, 2019

ndncountry is being launched in Vancouver this Sunday, March 10th! The launch is taking place as part of Growing Room, an annual literary festival put on by Room Magazine.

Please join editor Katherena Vermette and some of our wonderful contributors for the west coast launch of ndncountry!

The launch is happening this Sunday, March 10th at 8:30pm at Café Deux Soleils in Vancouver. It will feature readings by:

This is a free or pay-what-you-can event. Visit this link for further information or to register!

ndncountry is a collaborative issue published by CV2 and Prairie Fire. Edited by Métis writers Katherena Vermette and Warren Cariou, ndncountry features over 50 Indigenous writers, as well as work from the Winnipeg Art Gallery's historic INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE exhibition.

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.