2020 FinalistDayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers
"A critical, timely, and urgent voice, Robyn Maynard interrogates the historical and ongoing violence experienced by Black lives in Canada. Her rigorous scholarship and commanding prose unpack the insidious structures of violence and racism rooted in the Canadian state, from the early years of slavery, to the prison system, our classrooms, and the brutalities of everyday policing. Her pivotal work Policing Black Lives documents the individual damage and collective trauma faced by Black bodies and Black communities across Canada as a result of pervasive state surveillance. Throughout, Maynard’s writing celebrates the community-based, grassroots ethos of Black organizers, activists, and scholars and their life-affirming commitment to resisting and confronting all forms of state-sanctioned violence."
— 2020 Dayne Ogilvie Prize Jury (Trevor Corkum, Lindsay Nixon, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha)