The Archibald Lampman Award is presented annually to an outstanding collection of English-language poetry by an author living in the National Capital Region.
The award is named in honour of Archibald Lampman (1861—1899), one of Canada’s finest 19th-century poetry. Lampman moved to Ottawa in 1882, and much of his metaphysical nature poetry was inspired by what the National Capital region.
Paul Tyler has been published in Canadian Literature, Grain, Event, The Malahat Review, The Minnesota Review, Prairie Fire, The Fiddlehead, and Prism International. He was the 2004 winner of the Byron’s Quill Award for Poetry and received an honourable mention in the 2005 Bliss Carman Award. He was an associate editor of Arc Poetry Magazine from 2004 to 2008.
Of A Short History of Forgetting, the judges said, “this is accomplished poetry. The outstanding quality of this book—from individual poem to overall structure—is its intelligence. Tyler has an expert way with the portrait whether it’s the old folks of ‘Home’ or the bugs at the beginning of the book.”
Arc would like to congratulate Paul and his publisher, Gaspereau Press, and to thank the City of Ottawa, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for their support, Collected Works Bookstore, and the 2011 Lampman judges, Anne Compton, Ian LeTourneau and Ross Leckie.