Vancouver native’s poetry assortment tops this yr’s CBC Poetry Prize

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The Vancouver native who now calls Charlottetown residence topped a area of two,200 entries along with her poetry assortment Spell World Backwards.

“I’m incredulous and so grateful! I’ve at all times needed to win the CBC Poetry Prize, however by no means thought it could occur. I do know my mother can be proud too. She used to hold my poems in her purse and present them to folks within the grocery retailer,” Simmers, who grew up in North Delta, mentioned in a press release.

Because the grand-prize winner, Simmers will obtain $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and her poetry assortment has been revealed on CBC Books. She can even obtain a two-week writing residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

The 2022 CBC Poetry jurors Armand Garnet Ruffo, Megan Gail Coles and Hoa Nguyen, in a press release mentioned this about Simmers’ poems:

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“Spell World Backwards is a transferring sequence of poems that unflinchingly addresses the complexities of dementia, kinship, and grief, and reaches the core of our frequent humanity. Informed in a set of incomplete block-shaped stanzas with deliberate textual omissions, the sequence units into movement a story that attracts upon themes of mom and little one, love and separation, reminiscence and forgetting.”

The 4 runners-up for the 2022 CBC Poetry Prize, who will every obtain $1,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, are: Rachel Lachmansingh of Toronto, who’s learning in Victoria, for From the Mouth; Brad Aaron Modlin of Guelph, Ont. for To the Astronaut Who Hopes Life on One other Planet Will Be Extra Bearable; Luka Poljak of Vancouver for Mouth Prayers; and Kerry Ryan of Winnipeg for Grief white.

CBC Books additionally introduced Philippe Labarre because the winner of the French grand prize for Scènes de la vie poreuse.

For extra info on the CBC Literary Prizes, please go to

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