Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Emerging Writers
Sponsored by Robin Pacific
Join us in celebrating the 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize recipients on June 26 at a special presentation hosted by past winner Nancy Jo Cullen:
Friday, June 26. 6pm Doors | 6:30pm Readings
Terrace Room, Gardiner Museum, Toronto
With assured debuts in two genres, Alex Leslie melds remarkable acuity of vision with a refreshing eagerness for formal experimentation. She’s at once a writer’s writer and an accomplished teller of tales. People Who Disappear, her artfully gritty and ultimately uplifting story collection, presents fresh and nuanced portraits of West Coast living far from the affluence and rhythms of the city. In rendering the inhabitants of The things I heard about you’s enticing prose poems – solitary ferry rider, outlier schoolgirl, river’s edge creature, and pariah scrounger – Leslie displays a tremendous gift for compassion that’s equal to a talent for technique.
Honours of Distinction
About the Prize
Established in 2007, the prize is presented to an emerging Canadian writer from the LGBT community who demonstrates great promise through a body of work of exceptional quality. Writers who identify themselves as LGBT are eligible and while no age restriction exists, the prize is intended for developing writers. The winner, selected by a three-member, independent judging panel, is presented with the grant annually.
About the Sponsor
The prize was established by Robin Pacific, a close personal friend of Dayne Ogilvie. Mr. Ogilvie was a highly respected freelance book editor, writer, and manager. A passionate lover of all the arts, he died in October 2006.
About the Event
The 2015 Dayne Ogilvie Prize winner and honour of distinction recipients will be celebrated during Pride Week in Toronto on Friday, June 26. The writers will give readings at DOORS at 6 pm, a series hosted by the Gardiner Museum to spotlight emerging artists working in diverse disciplines. Attendees can enjoy a beverage and food truck snacks on an outdoor plaza following the readings. DOORS at 6 pm will run from June 26 – July 24.