2016 Online Semifinals Judges

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Éric Charlebois

Éric Charlebois

Éric Charlebois’ ninth collection of poetry, Ailes de taule, has just been released, following Compost-partum in October 2014, Le miroir mural devant la berceuse électrique in 2012, Lucarnes in 2009, Circatrices in 2008, Cinérite in 2006, Centrifuge in 2005, Péristaltisme in 2004, and Faux-fuyants in 2002. A number of these six previous collections won or were shortlisted for prizes, including the Trillium Book Award, the Prix Le Droit, and the Ottawa Book Award, as well as being included in university reading lists. Charlebois also co-directs the poetry list published by Neige-Galerie.

In 2012, Alliance Culturelle de l’Ontario asked Charlebois to create a live hybrid art project with painter Benjamin Rodger, where they created spontaneous poetry that was then broadcast and published. Charlebois seeks situations where he can create spontaneously, in the moment, and impulsively; what he calls “exploetry.”

 

Michael Crummey

Michael Crummey

Michael Crummey has published nine books of poetry and fiction. Galore won the Canadian Authors' Association Fiction Award, the Commonwealth Prize (Canada & Caribbean Region), and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Award and the Governor General's Literary Award. Sweetland was a national bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award. Little Dogs: New and Selected Poems will be published by House of Anansi in spring of 2016. He lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland. 

 

Ariel Gordon

Ariel Gordon

Ariel Gordon is a Winnipeg writer. Her second collection of poetry, Stowaways, won the 2015 Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. When not being bookish, Ariel likes tromping through the woods and taking macro photographs of mushrooms.

 

Howard

Liz Howard

Liz Howard was born and raised in rural Northern Ontario and is of Anishinaabe and Franco-Ontarian descent. She is currently a poet and cognition research officer in Toronto. She received an Honours B.Sc. with High Distinction specializing in psychological science at the University of Toronto and completed an M.F.A. in creative writing through the University of Guelph. She co-curates the feminist reading series AvantGarden. Her first full-length collection Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent (McClelland & Stewart, 2015) was recently shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry.

 

Gillian Jerome

Gillian Jerome

Gillian Jerome is the author of Red Nest (Nightwood, 2009) and co-editor of an oral history project, Hope in Shadows: Stories and Photographs from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (Arsenal, 2008, with Brad Cran). Her work has been nominated twice for a BC Book Prize and has won the ReLit and Vancouver Book Award. She lives in Vancouver and teaches literature at UBC. 

 

Andrée Lacelle

Andrée Lacelle

Franco-Ontarian poet Andrée Lacelle was the first francophone to win the prestigious Trillium Book Award. A translator, teacher, and literary critic, she also writes for children and is the creator of the Radio-Canada drama Survenance. Her poems deal with internal landscapes, listlessness, clashing images, and dreamlike worlds.

 

Lilley

Joanna Lilley

Joanna Lilley lives in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she moved 10 years ago after emigrating from the UK. She is the author of the poetry collection The Fleece Era (Brick Books), which was nominated for the Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry, and also the short story collection The Birthday Books (Hagios Press). She has been published and given readings all across Canada as well as in the USA, England, and Scotland. Her awards include first prize in the Vancouver International Writers' Festival poetry competition, an Emerging Northern Writers and Artists Fund Award, and three Government of Yukon Advanced Artist Awards. Joanna is a graduate of the MLitt in Creative Writing from the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, and the Humber School for Writers. She helped to coordinate the biennial Whitehorse Poetry Festival and is a co-founder of the Yukon Writers' Collective Ink. Find out more about Joanna's work at www.joannalilley.com

 

Nepveu

Pierre Nepveu

Pierre Nepveu taught literature at Université de Montréal for thirty years. Poet, novelist, and essay writer, Professor Nepveu has published close to twenty books, including several collections of poetry, two of which earned Governor General’s Literary Awards. He is also the author, along with Laurent Mailhot, of La poésie québécoise, des origines à nos jours, a much-loved Quebec poetry anthology. Since 2000, Pierre Nepveu has been involved in collecting the scattered works of poet Gaston Miron, the first three volumes of which have been published. He has also published a celebrated biography of Gaston Miron titled La vie d’un homme. Pierre Nepveu has received both the Prix Athanase-David in Quebec and the Order of Canada for his life’s work. In 2015, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. 

 

Deanna Young

Deanna Young

Deanna Young grew up in southwestern Ontario, in the village of Lucan and in nearby London. She is the author of three books of poetry, including House Dreams, published by Brick Books in 2014 and nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, the Ottawa Book Award, the Archibald Lampman Award and the ReLit Award. She has lived for extended periods in Montreal, Halifax, the Annapolis Valley, and Port of Spain, Trinidad. Her current home is Ottawa, where she works as an editor, teaches poetry privately and co-directs the Tree Reading Series. You can find her online at deannayoung.ca.