Sonnet L’Abbé wins $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award

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Posted on November 18, 2017

Celebrating more than 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks

TORONTO – November 18, 2017 – The Meet the Presses Collective announced today that Sonnet L’Abbé (Vancouver Island, British Columbia) has won the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award for Anima Canadensis published by Junction Books. This is the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook.

The prize was awarded at the 2017 Indie Literary Market, held at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto. In her acceptance speech for the $4,000 award, Sonnet L’Abbé stated:

My lyric verse has always searched for satisfying ways to put the experience of being an English-speaking, Canadian-born Black-Indo Caribbean/French woman into words on a page. Concrete and sound poetries, which bpNichol helped make such a strong tradition in Canada, expanded the number of ways I could do that. There’s definitely a bit of bp’s vibe in this chapbook! 

Thanks to a generous annual donation from Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith, the publisher of the winning work, Junction Books, also received $500. Carleton Wilson remarked:

I am very excited that Sonnet’s excellent poetry is being honoured with the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award. It was a pleasure to work with Sonnet on her chapbook, and I thank her for trusting me to publish her work. Thank you, also, to the Meet the Presses collective for administering this award, and to the donors of the award.

Judges Helen Guri (Montreal, Quebec) and Hoa Nguyen (Toronto, Ontario) chose the prize finalists from over 60 submissions from across the country. This year’s other shortlisted poets are:

Dana Claxton. The Patient Storm. above/ground press
Doris Fiszer. The Binders. Tree Press
Stevie Howell. Summer. Desert Pets Press
Nanci Lee. Preparation. FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary
Renee Sarojini Saklikar. After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees. above/ground press

Of Sonnet L’Abbé’s winning collection, the judges remarked:

“Junction Books’ exquisitely rendered publication of Sonnet L’Abbé’s Anima Canadensis begins as queries, a Permanent Residents’ Test. Rather than offering standard questions that situate and center ‘angloculture’—ones such as ‘who’s on the five dollar bill?’–L’Abbe’s test insists on an engagement with Indigeneity: Can we identify a particular native flower? Can we “prove [our] ability to love”? Inventing her own mode of wildcrafting, L’Abbe approaches with curiosity, tenderness, and contemporary imagination the question of what it means for us all—people, animals, plants, rocks, chemicals, technology, even bacteria—to be here together on this land at this moment in history. The result is a vision for accountability that nourishes and sustains, a transformation of relations that enriches.”

About the Prize:

Awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, the bpNichol Chapbook Award goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – a collection of no more than 48 pages – published in Canada in the previous year. The award is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol, who was the original co-judge of the award 30 years ago.

About Meet the Presses:

Meet the Presses is a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The Indie Literary Market is a curated event that introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. The Collective is proud to administer the bpNichol Chapbook Award each year, supporting those who make the artistic choice to publish in chapbook form.

For more information and interview opportunities, contact:

                             Zarmina Rafi at rafi.zarmina@gmail.com

More information can be found at bpnichol.ca and meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

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COMING UP! 18 NOVEMBER 2017!

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Meet some of the most exciting indie publishers & magazines around! Poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction! Books, chapbooks, broadsides, recordings! And plenty of stuff you’ll NEVER find in stores! And learn who won the bpNichol Chapbook Award!

This year’s press line-up includes:
above/ground • Anstruther • Apt. 9 • Baseline • Big Pond Rumours • BookThug • Brick Books • Brick Journal • Canthius • Carousel • Coach House Books • Desert Pets • Dumagrad • Frog Hollow • Gesture Press • Imago Red Iron • Inspiritus • Invisible Publishing • Junction Books • knife fork book • learn/yeats & co • Loose Leaf • Mansfield Press • Metatron • Pedlar Press • Playwrights Canada Press • Porcupine’s Quill • Project 40 • Proper Tales Press • Puddles of Sky • Serif of Nottingham • Sherwood Press • Sunnyoutside • Taddle Creek • Underwhich Editions • Untethered • Vallum • Wolsak and Wynn • words (on) pages

And plenty more to be added!

The announcement of the winner of the $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award happens at 2:00 pm.

Saturday, November 18th, 2017 • 12:00 pm till 5:00 pm
Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor St West, Toronto M5S 1X7)
FREE ADMISSION!

Presented by the Meet the Presses Collective
www.meetthepresses.wordpress.com • 2meetthepresses@gmail.com

We Stand Behind Our Books! Literally.

Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

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TORONTO – October 17, 2017 – Tonight, at a Toronto event paying tribute to the late poet bpNichol, the Meet the Presses collective announced the finalists for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award. The prize, awarded annually since 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – in the estimation of the judges – published in Canada in the previous year and submitted for consideration. It is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, mentor, and micropress publisher bpNichol (1944–1988).

The $4,000 prize purse, donated by an anonymous benefactor, makes this the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook, specified as a collection of no more than 48 pages. The publisher of the winning title also receives $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

Judges Helen Guri of Montréal, Québec, and Hoa Nguyen of Toronto, Ontario, chose the finalists from more than 60 submissions from across the country.

The finalists for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Dana Claxton. The Patient Storm. above/ground press
Doris Fiszer. The Binders. Tree Press
Stevie Howell. Summer. Desert Pets Press
Sonnet L’Abbé. Anima Canadensis. Junction Books
Nanci Lee. Preparation. FreeFall Literary Society of Calgary
Renee Sarojini Saklikar. After the Battle of Kingsway, the bees. above/ground press

The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. on November 18, 2017, at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market, open from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West, in Toronto. The Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers of books, chapbooks, magazines, ephemera, and recordings generally not available in bookstores. The free event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

More details can be found at meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

For more information and interview opportunities, contact the publicist for Meet the Presses: Zarmina Rafi at rafi.zarmina@gmail.com

Save the Dates! October 17 & November 18

An H of an Evening for bpNichol

17 October 2017 • The Supermarket (268 Augusta Street, Toronto) @ 7pm

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An H of an evening for bpNichol: also featuring the announcement of the shortlist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award and presenting an array of writers, artists and musicians.

This is an evening recognizing the ongoing influence of poet/novelist/cartoonist/songwriter/performer bpNichol, 1944–1988. A wonderful array of guest presenters will perform bp’s work, read their own bp-influenced work, or tell anecdotes about bp.

The Meet the Presses collective will also be thrilled to announce the shortlist for the 2017 $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award.

So far our lineup of presenters features: jwcurry • Bev Daurio• Brian Dedora • Paul Dutton • Ally Fleming • Sharon Harris • Chris Johnson • Jim Smith • Lola Lemire Tostevin

Excerpts from Brian Nash’s documentary film bp: Pushing the Boundaries.

The awesome folks from Coach House Books will be on hand to sell books by bp.
Hosted by Stuart Ross and probably someone else, too.

Free. (Though we welcome donations to help cover our costs for the evening.)

AND

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Call for submissions to the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award

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❡ Call for submissions to the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award ❡

The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form within Canada. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2016), and the poet must be Canadian.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of eligible chapbooks. Translations into English from other languages are eligible.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2017 Submission Form), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, email address, and telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2017 bpNichol Chapbook Award is May 31, 2017. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by email by June 30, 2017, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6

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Chapbooks written by members of the Meet the Presses collective are ineligible for the award. Authors of chapbooks published by members of the collective remain eligible for the award.

Nelson Ball wins $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award

November 19, 2016

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TORONTO (November 19, 2016) – The Meet the Presses collective announced today that Nelson Ball of Paris, Ontario, has won the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award for his Small Waterways, published by Apt. 9 Press (www.apt9press.ca). The $,4000 prize, the richest annual award for a poetry chapbook, was presented at the 2016 Indie Literary Market, held this year at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto.

A testament to the quality of Ball’s chapbook is the fact that Small Waterways completely sold out, long before it won this award. But readers eager to experience the prize-winning effort will find almost all its poems in Ball’s newest paperback collection, Chewing Water, from Mansfield Press.

Though Ball, who has been publishing his poetry for six decades, was unable to attend in person, Apt. 9 Press publisher Cameron Anstee accepted the $4,000 prize on his behalf at the Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market. The prize money is donated annually by an anonymous benefactor.

Nelson Ball wrote in his speech:

This award has extra resonance for me because Barrie Nichol was a friend and (we) were both small pressers in the 1960s and 70s.

An additional $500 is donated annually by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith and is assigned to the publisher of the winning work.

This year’s chapbook award judges Alice Burdick (Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia) and Hoa Nguyen (Toronto, Ontario) chose the prize finalists from 68 submissions from across the country.

Of Nelson Ball’s winning collection, the judges remarked:

Small Waterways sees Nelson Ball at his crystalline finest. His small poems are deep and clear oceans of observation, sorrow, humour, and thought. Here he shines as the master of minimalism in Canada. Compressed and powerful, quotidian and enormous, his poems contain worlds.

This year’s other shortlisted poets are:

Klara du Plessis  Wax Lyrical  (Anstruther Press  www.anstrutherpress.com)
Marilyn Irwin The Blue, Blue There (Apt. 9 Press 
www.apt9press.ca)
Lillian Necakov The Lake Contains an Emergency Room (Apt. 9 Press 
www.apt9press.ca)
Christine Stewart  The Odes  (Nomados Literary Publishers
www.nomados.org)

About the Prize:

Awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, the bpNichol Chapbook Award goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – a collection of no more than 48 pages – published in Canada in the previous year. The award is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol, who was the original co-judge of the award 30 years ago.

About Meet the Presses:

Meet the Presses is a volunteer collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. Its annual Indie Literary Market is a curated event that introduces the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are largely not available in bookstores. The collective is proud to administer the bpNichol Chapbook Award each year, supporting those who make the artistic choice to publish in chapbook form.

For more information (including full text of speeches) and interview opportunities, contact:

 Beth Follett at feralgrl@interlog.com    or    Nicholas Power at jnpower@rogers.com  

More information can be found at bpnichol.ca and meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

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2016 Indie Lit Market Will Be Bigger Than Ever!

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2016 Indie Lit Market Will Be Bigger Than Ever!

TORONTO, ON (November 10, 2016) – Now in its eighth year, Meet the Presses’ Indie Literary Market will expand its scope to accommodate an even wider literary spectrum, with nearly 50% more publishers in a larger, brighter room. The Indie Literary Market, a curated Market this year featuring 44 of Canada’s best independent book and magazine publishers, along with a specially curated table of publications by Art Metropole, will be held November 19, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (427 Bloor Street West) in Toronto.

The Indie Literary Market aims to introduce the public to independent literary publishers and authors of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are often not available in bookstores. Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing publications produced by independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, curates the Market.

A major feature of the annual event is the announcement of the winner of the bpNichol Chapbook Award, whose purse doubled to $4,000 in 2014, thanks to an anonymous benefactor. The prize, awarded annually since 1996, is named for the late poet, novelist, and indie publisher bpNichol. The prize goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook published in Canada in the previous year. Judges Hoa Nguyen and Alice Burdick — both writers themselves — received for consideration 33 chapbooks from publishers across Canada. The publisher of the winning title will receive $500, thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

The finalists for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Nelson Ball Small Waterways (Apt. 9 Press)

Klara du Plessis Wax Lyrical  (Anstruther Press)

Marilyn Irwin The Blue, Blue There (Apt. 9 Press)

Lillian Necakov The Lake Contains an Emergency Room (Apt. 9 Press)

Christine Stewart The Odes  (Nomados Literary Publishers)

Media contact: Beth Follett, feralgrl [at] interlog [dot] com, Tel. 709.738.6702

Shortlist for $4,000 bpNichol Chapbook Award Announced

Over 30 years of recognizing excellence in Canadian poetry chapbooks

Award to be announced at Meet the Presses’ Indie Literary Market in Toronto

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TORONTO – October 11, 2016 – The Meet the Presses collective is excited to announce the finalists for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award. The prize, awarded annually since its establishment in 1985, goes to the author of the best poetry chapbook – in the estimation of the judges – published in Canada in the previous year and submitted for consideration. It is named in honour of the late poet, novelist, and micropress publisher bpNichol.

Thanks to an anonymous benefactor, the prize purse doubled to $4,000 in 2014, making it the richest annual literary award for a poetry chapbook – a collection of no more than 48 pages. The publisher of the winning title also receives $500 thanks to an annual donation by Toronto writers Brian Dedora and Jim Smith.

Judges Alice Burdick of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, and Hoa Nguyen of Toronto, Ontario, chose the finalists from more than 60 submissions from across the country. The judges felt this year’s entries included many excellent pieces and some remarkable book designs, commenting: “These were very strong works, and it was a great pool of work from which to choose.”

The finalists for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award are:

Nelson Ball  Small Waterways (Apt. 9 Press  www.apt9press.ca)
Klara du Plessis  Wax Lyrical  (Anstruther Press  www.anstrutherpress.com)
Marilyn Irwin The Blue, Blue There (Apt. 9 Press  www.apt9press.ca)
Lillian Necakov The Lake Contains an Emergency Room (Apt. 9 Press  www.apt9press.ca)
Christine Stewart  The Odes  (Nomados Literary Publishers www.nomados.org)

The winner will be announced at 2 p.m. on November 19, 2016, at the annual Meet the Presses Indie Literary Market, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West in Toronto. The Indie Literary Market introduces the public to independent literary publishers of books, chapbooks, magazines, broadsheets, and recordings that are generally not available in bookstores. The event is curated by Meet the Presses, a volunteer literary collective devoted to organizing public events showcasing the work of independent publishers of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

More details can be found at meetthepresses.wordpress.com.

For more information and interview opportunities, contact Beth Follet at feralgrl@interlog.com or Stuart Ross at 647-746-6724

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❡ Call for submissions to the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award ❡

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The bpNichol Chapbook Award recognizes excellence in Canadian poetry in English published in chapbook form within Canada. The prize is awarded to a poetry chapbook judged to be the best submitted. The author receives $4,000 and the publisher receives $500. Awarded continuously since 1986, the bpNichol Chapbook Award is currently administered by the Meet the Presses collective.

Chapbooks should be not less than 10 pages and not more than 48 pages. The chapbooks must have been published between January 1st and December 31st of the previous year (2015), and the poet must be Canadian.

Interested authors or publishers should submit three copies of eligible chapbooks. Translations into English from other languages are eligible.

Submissions must be sent by Canada Post or courier (and not hand-delivered to a Meet The Presses collective member) and include a completed submission form or accurate facsimile (download the 2016 Submission Form from our web site at submission-form-the-bpnichol-chapbook-award-2016), a brief C.V. of the author, including address, telephone number, and email address. Publisher contact information (contact person, mailing address, e-mail address, telephone contact) must also be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

The closing date for the 2016 bpNichol Chapbook Award is May 31, 2016. Submissions must be received by this date. If submission confirmation has not been received by e-mail by June 30, 2016, please send a query to Beth Follett at: feralgrl@interlog.com.

Send submissions to:
Meet the Presses / bpNichol Chapbook Award
113 Bond Street, St John’s NL A1C 1T6