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Poet Vs Poet online: Lina Chartrand

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Lina Chartrand Award

$500 and a copy of Chartrand’s collected annually to an emerging woman poet published in Contemporary Verse 2 in the preceding year, in English or in French, who has not yet been published in book form

Established: 1994, by Chartrand’s friends and family; administered by CV2

Past winners include: Lynn Davies, Anne Simpson, Susan Briscoe, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Elisabeth di Mariaffi, Kathleen Brown and others


Lina Chartrand

1948, Timmins – 1994, Toronto

Poetry collection: We make the air: The collected poetry of Lina Chartrand appeared posthumously in 1998

Lina Chartrand was an educator, a playwright, dramaturge, screenwriter, actor and theatre administrator and director, and wrote poetry. After Chartrand’s death in 1994, her friends and family collaborated with the journal CV2 to commemorate at once the artist and the activist: alongside her theatre career, Chartrand was an advocate against racial, financial, legal, sexual and physical discrimination.


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