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Critic’s Desk Award 2013 Winners!

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With the Critic’s Desk Award, Arc marks the importance that the thoughtful treatment of poetry holds in the evolution and wider appreciation of the genre.

Inaugurated in Arc‘s 25th-anniversary year, the Critic’s Desk Award honours excellence in book reviewing. The Award is given annually to a feature review and to a brief review to have been published in Arc in the previous calendar year.

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This year’s feature review winner is Halifax writer and editor Zachariah Wells for “Attention Paid, Taylor Made,” “an honest, engaging, well-written review with a sense of a meeting-of-minds between poet and critic,” published in Arc 68. His recent and forthcoming publications include a collection of critical prose, Career Limiting Moves, though Biblioasis, and a poetry chapbook, Baffle, through Baseline Press; find out more at

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The brief review winner is Stevie Howell, for her “compelling, unbiased and well-written” review of Dani Couture’s book “Sweet,” published in Arc 67. Howell is a poet and a critic who in 2012 was nominated for the inaugural Walrus Poetry Prize and released two chapbooks, Ringsend and Royal; find out more at