Congratulations to Arleen Paré and Baseline Press for winning the 2022 bpNichol Chapbook Award. Paré’s chapbook Last was chosen by this year’s judges Alice Burdick and Greg Santos who had the following to say:
Last is a lovingly crafted hand-sewn chapbook from baseline press, which memorialises Arleen Paré’s cherished friend, Pat Hurdle, who makes the decision to use MAiD, Medical-Assistance in Dying. Written during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is a deeply touching monument to a devastating time in our collective consciousness. We were moved by the clear, persistent beauty of Last. Paré has braided the strands of life, death, memory, grief and joy into a memorable, surprising narrative. The lines build and collect, a congregation of illuminated moments. The clear, intensely descriptive lines gain momentum immediately and sustain throughout the book-length poem. Paré’s writing resonated with us strongly and we hope that others experience the same sense of beauty and awe that we did when finishing the book for the first time. Last’s lines last in the reader’s mind long after the reading.
If you missed the announcement you can find the video on our YouTube page:
We had an incredible shortlist that included:
Please make sure you check out all of the chapbooks, and support your local small presses!
Thank you to our shortlisted authors and presses and to everyone who submitted their chapbooks this year.