Awards & Reviews: Placement Among Peers

Patrick Friesen (0:41)

Over the years, Patrick Friesen's work has been nominated for many awards. His collection Blasphemer's Wheel won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year award and his collection Broken Bowl was shortlisted for the Governer General's Award for Poetry. He has also been shortlisted twice for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize in B.C. and most recently he won the P.K. Page Founders' Award for Poetry, awarded annually by the Malahat Review. In this video, Friesen tries to describe how he feels about these awards and nominations.

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Patrick Friesen, a resident of Winnipeg for 30 years and Vancouver for a dozen years, now lives in Brentwood Bay, Vancouver Island. He is the author of several books of poetry, most recently A Dark Boat (2012), a translator, and has written several stage and radio plays. Friesen has also collaborated with choreographers, dancers, musicians and composers. His book, Blasphemer’s Wheel, was awarded Manitoba Book of the Year Prize in 1996; A Broken Bowl, was a finalist for the 1997 Governor-General’s Award; and Patrick was awarded the ReLit Award for Poetry in 2012 for jumping in the asylum.

Maureen Scott Harris
Awards & Reviews: Poetry Awareness (1:33)

Maureen Scott Harris' poetry book Drowning Lessons was recently selected as one of four favourite Trillium books along with two novels by Michael Ondaatje and one by Margaret Atwood. Harris discusses her excitement at what this means for poetry.

Maurice Mierau
Awards & Reviews: Helping Readers Make Choices (6:53)

In this video, Maurice Mierau discusses what winning the 2009 ReLit award for poetry meant to him, as well as the differences between winning awards and being reviewed.

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