2020 FinalistDayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers
"Smokii Sumac’s writing is like a big bear hug from your uncle or cousin. With precise analogies and rhythm that move the spirit, his poetic practice harkens to those who came before him and reference a cyclical narrative of Indigenous literature. Sumac provides an opening to access his most intimate parts and, in the process of witnessing his journey to self-love and love shared with other beings, the reader learns to accept themselves. Kin and constellations shoot across the page. Consent is made erotic. Intimate entanglements lead Sumac and the reader to self-discovery on The Land, in their bodies, and across digital territories as shapeshifters."
— 2020 Dayne Ogilvie Prize Jury (Trevor Corkum, Lindsay Nixon, and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha)