Late Spring

It’s late spring of an already good year. This week, it got even sweeter and I’m grateful.

24th Annual Trillium Book Awards

Sweet is on the shortlist for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry!

The shortlist:

Dani Couture, Sweet (Pedlar Press)
Jeff Latosik, Tiny, Frantic, Stronger (Insomniac Press)
Shane Neilson, Complete Physical (The Porcupine’s Quill)
Peter Norman, At the Gates of the Theme Park (Mansfield Press)

I’m also elated to see fellow Pedlar Press-mate Ken Sparling on the shortlist for the Trillium Book Award.

Update: The lovely Jeff Latosik won the Trillium Book Award for Poetry for his outstanding debut collection. Congrats, Jeff. Glad we share the same taste in Trillium footwear…

Photo credit: @biancaspence

The Writers’ Trust of Canada Dayne Ogilvie Grant for Emerging Gay Writer

The Writer’s Trust recently announced that Farzana Doctor is the recipient of the fifth annual Dayne Ogilvie Grant. The $4,000 grant, funded by an endowment established by Robin Pacific, is given annually to an emerging gay or lesbian writer who demonstrates great literary promise through a body of work of exceptional quality.

Matthew J. Trafford, author of The Divinity Gene (Douglas & McIntyre), and I were selected by the jury to receive an Honour of Distinction, which means a great deal to me.

Looking for something to do on June 20th?

Grant Presentation

Monday, June 20, 2011
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
12 Alexander Street, Toronto

“Hosted by Julie Wilson of Book Madam & Associates. The presentation will feature a panel discussion with the grant winner, Farzana Doctor, honour of distinction recipients, Dani Couture and Matthew J. Trafford, along with members of the jury, and grant founder Robin Pacific. The event is free and open to the public.”