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Archibald Lampman Award 2010 Nominees

The results of the 2010 Archibald Lampman Award for Poetry, which is sponsored and administered by the Arc Poetry Society will be announced tonight at the Ottawa Book Awards: commencing at 8pm at the Library and Archives Canada. For more information on the event, check

The 2010 Judges: Susan Gillis, Andrew Steeves and Matthew Tierney

The 2010 Nominees:


Blaine Marchand The Craving of Knives

Blaine Marchand has published five books of poetry, a young adult novel and a work of non-fiction. He has won several literary awards including the Archibald Lampman Award for A Garden Enclosed. He is the past president of the League of Canadian Poets, and was co-founder of Sparks Magazine.

The Craving of Knives is the poetry of a man who asks difficult questions, meets his fears and moves beyond an obscurant life to one of transformation. The work confronts the specter of loss while providing glimpses of something profoundly alive–a duality that marks this collection.


Susan McMaster Crossing Arcs: Alzheimer’s, my mother, and me

Susan McMaster is the author of eight poetry books, four recordings with First Draft and Geode Music &Poetry, and editor of anthologies such as Waging Peace and Siolence: Women, Violence, and Silence.


Crossing Arcs pairs poetry about Alzheimer’s with direct commentary by the person fighting the disease–the poet’s mother Betty Page. The work encompasses the spectrum of aging and loss but not with passive fatalism.

Barbara Myers Slide

Barbara Myers writes and works in communications consulting. Since the mid-1990’s, she has published poems in journals and anthologies, and is a past associate editor of Arc Poetry Magazine, to which she continues to contribute as a reviewer and essayist.

Slide moves around in the eternal present, the nunc stans, taking us through time and space, over three continents, into a so-called past and possible futures–where people, places and events continue to coexist in memory, in the body and in shared experience.

Craig Poile True Concessions

Craig Poile’s poems have appeared in The New Quarterly, the Malahat Review, Arc, and Best Canadian Poetry. His first book, First Crack, was shortlisted for the 1999 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. A playwright, technical writer, and bookseller, Craig is the co-owner of Collected Works Bookstore in Ottawa.

True Concessions charts the moments in which beauty is glimpsed like a carnival through a crack in a fence. This verse, inhabited by living toys and daylight ghosts, embodies the texture, sound and language grounded, in the quotidian yet informed by tradition.