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Kerry Lee

Kerry Lee Powell’s debut poetry collection, Inheritance, was nominated for the 2015 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. In 2013, she won both the Malahat Review’s Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction and the Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest. Powell is the series editor of Grey Suit, a London-based contemporary visual arts archive and press funded by The Elephant Trust and the Arts Council of England. She recently moved to Toronto.


Kerry Lee Powell on her award-nominated story collection "Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush"

Award History

2016 Finalist

Atwood Gibson Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize
for Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush

Jury Citation

“Like the canvases of Willem de Kooning himself, Kerry Lee Powell’s stories are riots of imagery and sensation held together with a keen eye for craft and composition. The book’s rag-tag, rough-and-tumble cast of characters —which includes aging exotic dancers, barflies, boozehounds, and possible gang members — is often struggling, occasionally down-and-out, but always represented with dignity and respect. Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush is an exquisitely written, vibrant, and thoughtful collection that pulses with life, humour, intelligence, and great feeling, one that signals a bold new direction for the Canadian short story.” — 2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Jury (Lauren B. Davis, Trevor Ferguson, and Pasha Malla)