League of Canadian Poets

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The League of Canadian Poets (LCP), founded in 1966, is a national non-profit arts service organization based in Toronto. The organization acts as the national association of professional and aspiring poets in Canada.[1] The League counts Phyllis Webb, Robert Kroetsch, Susan McCaslin, Barry Dempster and Margaret Atwood among its membership;[2][3] it provides funding for poetry readings and competitions, hosts an annual AGM, runs a series of awards, and publishes an electronic newsletter.[1]


The League organizes the annual Pat Lowther Memorial Award, the Gerald Lampert Award, and the Raymond Souster Award. The recipient of each award receives an cash honorarium, and there is an administration fee of $25 for each submission.[4]

The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is named after Pat Lowther, and is for a book of poetry by a Canadian woman published in the preceding year. It was given to Anne Simpson in 2008.[5]

The Gerald Lampert Award, named after an arts administrator who had an interest in new writers, is for a first book of poetry published by a Canadian.[6] Anna Swanson was given the award in 2011 for The Nights Also.[7] Previous winners include Katia Grubisic in 2009 for What if red ran out,[8] and Alex Boyd in 2008 for Making Bones Walk.[4][5]

The Raymond Souster Award is given for a book of poetry by a League member published in the preceding year. The winner is given a $1000 prize, and the winning book is presented at the LCP AGM.

The League also had an Associates Category which was active in Toronto in the mid-1980s. This was the last Toronto Associates group and was disbanded by majority vote in 1985. Subsequently, many of the members formed the Canadian Poetry Association soon after.


  1. ^ a b New, William H. (2002). Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada. University of Toronto Press. p. 642. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Reznowski, Gabriella Natasha (1 Jan 2011). Literary Research and Canadian Literature: Strategies and Sources. Scarecrow Press. p. 162. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "www.poets.ca". poets.ca. 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Gerald Lampert — Poets.ca". poets.ca. 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Press Release: N.S., Toronto poets win League of Canadian Poets honours - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News". cbc.ca. June 23, 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  6. ^ McNally Robinson - (Apr 7, 2010). "The shortlists for the Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards announced. - books". mcnallyrobinson.com. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Erin (June 14, 2011). "Winners of the Pat Lowther & Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards Announced | Open Book: Toronto". openbooktoronto.com. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Katia Grubisic Bio | Atwater Library and Computer Centre". atwaterlibrary.ca. 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2012. 

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