Not one but TWO of our English department faculty have had their work shortlisted for prizes this month. Sarah Tolmie‘s poetry collection Trio has been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. The League of Canadian Poets has posted an interview with Dr. Tolmie. Whether you want to know where she writes (hint: Greyhound buses figure), how she writes, and what new writer she thinks everyone should read, it is worth reading the interview.
Likewise, Winfried Siemerling‘s The Black Atlantic Reconsidered: Black Canadian Writing, Cultural History, and the Presence of the Past has just been shortlisted as one of the three finalists for the Gabrielle Roy Prize, with the winner to be announced in May. The prize jury writes: “a ground-breaking and consequential volume. It examines black Canadian writing in both English and French from the early eighteenth century to the present, contextualizing it vis-à-vis the nation-state and the transnational black Atlantic. Poised to galvanize scholarly and classroom conversations on this understudied corpus, Siemerling’s book, which analyzes black Canadian literary representations of history, is history-making in its own right.” Dr. Siemerling has also created a website to accompany the book, featuring useful resources.
Congratulations to both Dr. Siemerling and Dr. Tolmie!