Nisa Malli wins the 2020 bpNichol Chapbook Award!

The Meet the Presses Collective is thrilled to announce that Nisa Malli’s Remitting has won the 2020 bpNichol Chapbook Award. We are immensely grateful to the anonymous donor who provided the $4000 prize. Thanks to generous annual donations from Michael Dean and Karl Jirgens, the publisher of the winning work, Baseline Press, will receive a $500 prize as well. Nisa Malli is a writer and researcher, born in Winnipeg and currently living in Toronto. She holds a BFA in Writing from the University of Victoria and has completed residencies at the Banff Centre and Artscape Gibraltar Point.

Judges’ citation: Remitting delicately weaves contemporary lyric with the precise registers of medical and conversational speech. Nisa Malli…is an assured and singular voice with an “unwillingness/to be bent like a bird’s wing.”

In response, Nisa writes “I am beyond honoured to have been shortlisted alongside such exciting writers; thankful to the judges and the Meet the Presses collective for creating an excellent celebration of small presses, this year and all years; always moved by the care and precision Karen Schindler brings to Baseline’s chapbooks; and, so pleased to have Kristina Corre’s work gracing the cover.”

Baseline publisher Karen added “I couldn’t be more grateful that Baseline had the opportunity to publish Nisa Malli’s Remitting. When I received Nisa’s manuscript – a collection of intimate, haunting poems which focus on chronic illness and pain – I was completely drawn in by the way she placed the gorgeous beside the dark, and the work that these poems did. Many thanks to Nisa for entrusting Baseline to share them with the world. Ongoing thanks to the Meet The Presses collective, for giving the small press community a space to gather and connect, and to this year’s contest judges, Canisia Lubrin and Souvankham Thammavongsa.”

Judges Canisia Lubrin and Souvankham Thammavongsa chose the winner from submissions from across the country. This year’s other shortlisted poets are:
Oubah Osman, Hereditary Blue (Anstruther Press)
Emily Lu, Night Leaves Nothing New (Baseline Press) baselinepress.ca
Tolu Oloruntoba, Manubrium (Anstruther Press) anstrutherpress.com

Don’t forget to attend the other events over the weekend gathering presses from across Canada! Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/indie-literary-online-symposium-tickets-128153906785 . Please also visit our YouTube channel for introductions to some of the participating presses: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGsRQFPjyxRBcD1DH89QDpWNGVeafTTeS