Pat Lowther Award

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The Pat Lowther Memorial Award is an annual award presented by the League of Canadian Poets to the year's best book of poetry by a Canadian woman.[1] The award was established in 1980 to honour poet Pat Lowther, who was murdered by her husband in 1975.[1] Each winner receives an honorarium of $1000.[1]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Year Winner Nominated
1981 Blue ribbon M. Travis Lane, Divinations and Short Poems 1973–1978
1982 Blue ribbon Rona Murray, Journey
1983 Blue ribbon Rhea Tregebov, Remembering History
1984 Blue ribbon Bronwen Wallace, Signs of the Former Tenant[1]
1985 Blue ribbon Paulette Jiles, Celestial Navigation
1986 Blue ribbon Erín Moure, Domestic Fuel[1]
1987 Blue ribbon Heather Spears, How to Read Faces
1988 Blue ribbon Gwendolyn MacEwen, Afterworlds[1]
1989 Blue ribbon Heather Spears, The Word for Sand
1990 Blue ribbon Patricia Young, The Mad and Beautiful Mothers
1991 Blue ribbon Karen Connelly, The Small Words in My Body
1992 Blue ribbon Kate Braid, Covering Rough Ground
1993 Blue ribbon Lorna Crozier, Inventing the Hawk[1]
1994 Blue ribbon Diana Brebner, The Golden Lotus
1995 Blue ribbon Beth Goobie, Scars of Light
1996 Blue ribbon Lorna Crozier, Everything Arrives at the Light[1]
1997 Blue ribbon Marilyn Bowering, Autobiography
1998 Blue ribbon Barbara Nickel, The Gladys Elegies
1999 Blue ribbon Hilary Clark, More Light
2000 Blue ribbon Esta Spalding, Lost August
2001 Blue ribbon Sharon Thesen, A Pair of Scissors
2002 Blue ribbon Heather Spears, Required Reading: A Witness in Words and Drawings to the Reena Virk Trials 1998-2000
2003 Blue ribbon Dionne Brand, thirsty[1]
2004 Blue ribbon Betsy Struthers, Still[5]
2005 Blue ribbon Roo Borson, Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida[1]
2006 Blue ribbon Sylvia Legris, Nerve Squall[8]
2007 Blue ribbon Sina Queyras, Lemon Hound
2008 Blue ribbon Anne Simpson, Quick[9]
2009 Blue ribbon Alice Major, The Office Tower Tales[11]
2010 Blue ribbon Karen Solie, Pigeon[1][12]
2011 Blue ribbon Evelyn Lau, Living Under Plastic
2012 Blue ribbon Susan Goyette, outskirts
2013 Blue ribbon Rachel Rose, Song and Spectacle
2014 Blue ribbon Alexandra Oliver, Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway
2015 Blue ribbon Sina Queyras, MxT
2016 Blue ribbon Lorna Crozier, The Wrong Cat
2017 Blue ribbon Sue Sinclair, Heaven's Thieves
2018 Blue ribbon Lesley Belleau, Indianland[19]
2019 Blue ribbon Klara du Plessis, Ekke[20]
2020 Blue ribbon Chantal Gibson, How She Read[21]
2021 Blue ribbon Noor Naga, Washes, Prays[22]
2022 Blue ribbon Selina Boan, Undoing Hours[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Pat Lowther Memorial Award". The Canadian Encyclopedia, March 13, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Allison, MacEwen make short list for poetry award". The Globe and Mail, April 27, 1988.
  3. ^ a b c "Brand, Brewster nominated for award". The Globe and Mail, May 4, 1991.
  4. ^ a b c d "The lists are in: Prizes, prizes and more prizes". Vancouver Sun, April 8, 2000.
  5. ^ "Poets not afraid to self-promote". Montreal Gazette, April 17, 2004.
  6. ^ a b c d e "Poets shortlist announced". Kingston Whig-Standard, April 17, 2004.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Shortlists unveiled for Lowther, Lampert prizes". The Globe and Mail, April 21, 2005.
  8. ^ "Poets enter League of their own". Ottawa Citizen, June 11, 2006.
  9. ^ "N.S., Toronto poets win League of Canadian Poets honours". CBC Books. June 23, 2008. Retrieved April 24, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Shortlisted for poetry prizes". The Globe and Mail, April 2, 2008.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Winners of the the Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards Announced". Open Book Toronto, June 15, 2009.
  12. ^ a b c d e f "Announcing the 2010 Award Winners of the Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Awards". Open Book Toronto, June 13, 2010.
  13. ^ a b c d e "Pat Lowther and Gerald Lampert Memorial Awards 2011 Shortlists Announced" Archived 2017-04-07 at the Wayback Machine. Canada Arts Connect, April 6, 2011.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Gerald Lampert and Pat Lowther shortlists revealed". Quill & Quire, April 3, 2012.
  15. ^ a b c d e "League of Canadian Poets announces 2013 shortlists". Quill & Quire, April 5, 2013.
  16. ^ a b c d e "League of Canadian Poets Announces 2014 Prize Shortlists & Spoken Word Winner!". Open Book Toronto, April 1, 2014.
  17. ^ a b c d e "Prizes announced on first day of National Poetry Month". Toronto Star, April 1, 2015.
  18. ^ a b c d e "Finalists for Canadian poetry awards announced". The Globe and Mail, April 6, 2017.
  19. ^ "The League of Canadian Poets announces winners of the 2018 Annual Poetry Awards". Quill & Quire, June 18, 2018.
  20. ^ "Tess Liem, Stevie Howell win 2019 Book Awards for poetry". Quill & Quire, June 10, 2019.
  21. ^ Dana Gee, "Vancouver poet scores national prize". Vancouver Sun, May 11, 2020.
  22. ^ Charlie Smith, "Vancouver poet Jillian Christmas and UBC creative writing professor Ian Williams win national awards". The Georgia Straight, May 6, 2021.
  23. ^ Cassandra Drudi, "League of Canadian Poets announces 2022 awards winners". Quill & Quire, May 5, 2022.
  24. ^ a b c d e Cassandra Drudi, "Shortlists announced for 2022 League of Canadian Poets book awards". Quill & Quire, April 21, 2022.

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