"Something both hip and ancient is given full rein in these poems: hard limits slurping in the sun, Aristotle and police reports, electric fences and pick-up lines, subway riders have donkey heads. These alternating voices speak without fluff. A washed-out sardonic tone delivers a sure push that is humane and celebratory."
About the Author
Laura Clarke is a Toronto-based writer and a graduate of the MA Program in English in the field of creative writing at the University of Toronto. She has had work published in The Antigonish Review, Grain, PRISM international, Qwerty, and Freefall.
Click on the photos below to learn more about the two prize finalists:
"Here Comes The Future"
"The Reason and Other Poems"
The finalists were selected by a jury comprised of the poets Mary Dalton, Phil Hall, and Susan Holbrook, who read 135 blind submissions in total.
The winner was announced on May 28, 2013 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. The event honoured each of the finalists, who read from their own nominated poetry collections. Each attendee received a copy of the nominated poems to take home with them.
The poems nominated for this year's RBC Bronwen Wallace Award are available as a free download on Apple’s iBookstore at iTunes.com/BronwenWallace.
You can also download a PDF version here.
About the Prize
Bronwen Wallace was a poet, short story writer, and mentor to many young writers as a creative writing instructor at Queen's University and St. Lawrence College in Kingston. This prize was established in her honour in 1994 by a group of friends and colleagues. Wallace felt that writers should receive greater recognition early in their careers and so this annual award is given to a writer below the age of 35 who has published poetry or prose in literary magazines, journals, or anthologies, but has not yet been published in book form.
About the Sponsor
This award is supported by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, which invests in up-and-coming artists to help build their professional careers. In 2012, RBC invested $6.2 million in programs that support Arts and Culture in Canada and around the world. The RBC Emerging Artists Project consists of support through sponsorships and donations to organizations whose programs bridge the gap from academic excellence to professional careers in all forms of art.